|“Representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and contributions, these Women of the Year all share a commitment to their communities and a passion for improving the lives of others,” Jackson said. “It is an honor to recognize the tremendous achievements of these remarkable leaders.”
Since Decas took the helm at the Port of Hueneme in 2012, the Port’s revenues have climbed 23.5%. Decas was the first woman to serve as Port Director for both the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts in its 50 year history and the Port of Hueneme in its 82 year history. She was the 4th woman to chair the Association of American Port Authorities in its 103 years. With her background in environmental science and law, Decas has led the Port of Hueneme to be voted the Greenest U.S. Port by the Green Shipping Summit and the first Port in California to earn a Green Marine Certification. The Port has earned a reputation in the maritime industry as a leader in sustainable port management and community engagement.
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“As Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, I know the important role strong women leaders play in the community and what their achievements mean for the empowerment of women statewide. It is my pleasure to award these women for their outstanding achievements, not only in the 37th district but for women in all sectors throughout the state,” said Limón.
“It is an honor to receive this accolade from amazing female leaders constantly trailblazing on behalf of women and working tirelessly to represent us all in Sacramento,” said Decas. “Our team from the Board to staff to community and industry partners aspire to make a difference and invest in our community. We all share this award.”
Under Decas’ leadership, the Port handled 1.6 million tons of cargo, breaking previous cargo records for the Port. When Ms. Decas is not managing the commercial seaport, she supports her local community by serving on the Dignity Health Ventura County Community Board and the Habit for Humanity Ventura County Advisory Board.
“As a Woman of the Year, Kristin Decas is rightly being recognized as one of the most accomplished women in our community,” said Oxnard Harbor District President Jess Herrera. “Her achievements, dedication and tireless energy are an inspiration to all who come in contact with her.”