Jess J. Herrera

Jess Herrera has a long and dedicated record of service at the Port of Hueneme since 1966. He was first elected as Port commissioner in 1994 and has been elected board president eight times. He served twelve terms as executive officer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

He has been a leading advocate for dock workers and working conditions and enhancing working relationships among labor, port users and the administration. He has served 8 years as Chairman of the ILWU’s Southern California regional Jurisdiction committee which, in addition to the Port of Hueneme, also included the Ports of LA, Long Beach and San Diego. Jess recently retired from the ILWU on August 1, 2021 and was recognized for his 56 years of leadership.

During his tenure he played a role in expanding the Port’s infrastructure that has resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs that have benefited the local economy.

He was recently recognized in the Ventura County Star’s ‘25 over 50’ group of community leaders whose vision, impact and talent has positively impacted Ventura County.