Seven Harris County residents serve as Port Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority setting port policies and guiding executive staff to ensure that the port continues to lead as a powerful economic engine for the region, Texas and the nation. Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay, and may serve a maximum of 12 years.
Port Commissioners also serve as the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports, with exclusive jurisdiction over the Houston Pilots, as they undertake the piloting of vessels in Harris County port facilities.
Port Commissioners may be contacted through the Port Authority at PortCommission@poha.com.
Janiece M. Longoria is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University Of Texas School Of Law in 1979.
She has served as the Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority (Port Houston), the leading economic engine for the greater Houston region, since she was unanimously appointed by the City of Houston and Harris County in January 2013.
Ms. Longoria chairs the Port Commission’s Audit Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Pension and Benefits Committee. She also created the Citizens Advisory Council to foster open communication between communities in and around the Port of Houston and the Port Commission.
She is also a Regent for the University of Texas System that oversees the flagship University of Texas at Austin, as well as eight other academic institutions and six healthcare institutions including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
She also serves on the board of directors of Superior Energy Services, Inc., a public company based in Houston, and is on the board of the Dallas Federal Reserve – Houston Division, the Texas Medical Center, the Greater Houston Partnership and MD Anderson Services Corporation.
Ms. Longoria has received numerous honors and recognitions including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, the President’s Citation for exemplary service from the University of Texas, the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Public Service from the Universities of Texas School of Law and the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Board Excellence.
She was named “Maritime Person of the Year” by the Greater Houston Port Bureau in 2017. She also received the “Female Executive of the Year” Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2010) and has been recognized as a “breakthrough woman” and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent speaker on the importance of Port Houston, transportation, infrastructure and leadership.
John D. Kennedy, Commissioner
John D. Kennedy was appointed to the Port Commission by Harris County Commissioners Court in December 2012. Mr. Kennedy is Chairman of the Procurement and Small Business Development Task Force and serves on the Governance Committee. He also represents the port on the Board of the Bay Area Houston Economics Partnership.
He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a retired City Manager of the City of Nassau Bay, Texas.
Mr. Kennedy began his military career following graduation from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1971. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from Central Michigan University. In 1992-1993, he was a National Security Fellow in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, focusing on leadership and management issues.
Mr. Kennedy’s specialty in the Army was in logistics, leadership and management. From 1995-1997, he commanded a Support Group responsible for the quality of life of a 30,000-person military and diplomatic community in Seoul, South Korea and the surrounding area. He led the organization to award-winning status, competing successfully in the Army’s annual Communities of Excellence competition. In addition to the assignment in Korea, Kennedy served more than eight years in various leadership positions in Germany. During Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm in Southwest Asia, he commanded a Forward Support Battalion of the 3rd Armored Division. The battalion earned the Valorous Unit Award for exemplary combat service. Stateside postings were in Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Florida.
As City Manager of Nassau Bay, Mr. Kennedy was the city’s Chief Executive Officer for more than ten years. He focused on rehabilitation of the city’s aging infrastructure and attracting quality redevelopment in the city’s commercial areas.
He has been married to Brenda, his college sweetheart, since 1972, and they have two adult children and six grandchildren. He is an active volunteer in the local community, serving in several leadership positions in his local church and with the USO at Hobby Airport.
Dean E. Corgey, Commissioner
Dean E. Corgey was appointed to the Port Commission in January 2013, representing the City of Houston. Mr. Corgey serves on the Pension and Benefits Committee.
Mr. Corgey has 40 years of maritime experience, including working as a merchant mariner, elected union official, regulatory advisory board member and maritime industry advocate.
Mr. Corgey has been vice president of the Seafarers International Union (SIU), responsible for the Gulf Coast region since 1990. He supervises SIU activities ranging from Charleston, S.C., to Brownsville, Texas, including Puerto Rico and hiring halls and offices in Houston, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Mobile, Port Everglades and San Juan. He oversees a staff of 25 representatives and administrative assistants while representing 7,500 members. His current duties include dispute resolution, collective bargaining, organizing and maintaining working relationships with SIU-contracted companies. He oversees finance, real estate management and human resources. He also serves as vice president of the international union.
Mr. Corgey is a trustee for the Seafarers Pension Plan, Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan, Joint Employment Fund, Training/Safety Fund and Transportation Institute.
He serves as a vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO; as secretary-treasurer of the West Gulf Ports Council of the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department; and on the executive board of the Harris County AFL-CIO. He is a member of the National Defense Transportation Association, American Maritime Partnership and the Navy League of the United States. He is a past member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Area Maritime Security Committee for the Port of Houston/Galveston and served as chairman of the City of Houston Ethics Committee. He served on the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Safety Advisory Committee and the board of the Houston Maritime Association.
A graduate of Houston’s Milby High School, Mr. Corgey attended Southwest Texas State University. He graduated from an apprentice program at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland, earning a chief engineer’s license.
Mr. Corgey is active in civic and humanitarian pursuits. He is married to Theresa Mangiameli Corgey and they have two adult sons and one grandson.
Clyde Fitzgerald, Commissioner
Clyde Fitzgerald was appointed to the Port Commission by Harris County Commissioners Court in June 2013. Mr. Fitzgerald chairs the Pension and Benefits Committee and serves on the Audit Committee.
Mr. Fitzgerald is a 58-year veteran of the Houston waterfront. He joined his father on the wharves of the Houston Ship Channel in 1959. In 1969, the ILA Local 28 elected him president and he served in that capacity for 20 years.
In 1991, he was elected secretary-treasurer of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, which stretches from North Carolina to Brownsville, Texas. In 2002, he was elected president of the District and, in July of 2010, was re-elected to that position without opposition for another four-year term. In July 2015, he became president emeritus of the district. Mr. Fitzgerald is also a member of its Executive Council.
He and his wife Vickie have been married for 53 years and are the parents of three adult children and have six grandchildren.
Theldon R. Branch, III, Commissioner
Theldon R. Branch III, CEDFP, was appointed to the Port Commission in September 2013. He represents the City of Houston. On the Port Commission, Mr. Branch serves on the Audit Committee and the Procurement and Small Business Task Force.
Mr. Branch is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Branch Companies, a privately held Houston-based holding company that oversees investments in real estate, financial assets, the automotive industry and construction.
Mr. Branch has an extensive professional background in both the public and private sector. His public service experience consists of a Mayor-appointed position as Chairman of the Rebuild Houston Oversight Committee, and working as an Assistant Director for the City of Houston Planning and Housing and Community Development departments.
He has owned and operated three national restaurant franchises, six domestic and two foreign automobile franchises. He served as the Chairman of the National Minority Franchise Owners Alliance and was the first African American to become a Whataburger Franchisee. Mr. Branch is widely recognized as an expert in the area of franchise businesses and economic development.
Stephen H. DonCarlos, Commissioner
Stephen H. DonCarlos was appointed by the Harris County Mayors and Councils Association as Port Commissioner in September 2013. The Harris County Mayors and Councils Association is an organization representing 26 cities in Harris County.
Mr. DonCarlos chairs the Governance Committee.
Mr. DonCarlos was elected as Mayor of the City of Baytown in May 2006. He is an attorney with Reid, Strickland & Gillette, L.L.P. He is a member and past president of the Baytown Rotary Club.
Mr. DonCarlos previously served as Chairman of the Harris County Hospital District and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Center.
He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the East Harris County Bar Association.
Mr. DonCarlos graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Business Association undergraduate degree and earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas.
A resident of Baytown since 1979, Mr. DonCarlos is married to Allene and has three sons and one grandson. His hobbies and interests include fishing, softball and military history.
Roy D. Mease, Commissioner
Roy D. Mease was appointed to the Port Commission in September 2013. He represents the City of Pasadena. On the Port Commission, he serves on the Procurement and Small Business Task Force.
Mr. Mease served as chairman of the Pasadena Second Century Corporation, which is the city’s economic development entity and helped Pasadena earn the annual Community Economic Development Award for 2013, awarded by the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC). The award recognizes excellence and the exceptional contributions of TEDC member cities toward the economic vitality of their communities and the State of Texas.
Mr. Mease was as a member of the Pasadena City Council for eight years. He also served as president of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo and has been a director of that organization for 46 years.
He has a private practice in Pasadena and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the South Texas College of Law.