Brandy D. Christian, President & CEO, Port of New Orleans
Brandy D. Christian serves as the President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, a public agency that manages $61 million in revenues, 292 employees, and $200 million in capital projects. She joined the Port NOLA team as the Chief Operating Officer in January 2015 and succeeded Gary LaGrange as President and CEO on January 1, 2017.
Christian is in the ranks of an elite group of women executives in the Port industry and is the first female CEO in the Port of New Orleans’ 120-year history. Christian brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to her new role, and plans to continue Port NOLA's success with a strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action.
Prior to joining Port NOLA, she served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, California’s fourth-largest cargo port and one of the State’s largest public land developers with a portfolio encompassing maritime, industry, hospitality and tourism. Serving as vice president of strategy and business development, Christian was the driving force behind streamlining the public agency’s operational processes, reducing costs, securing major accounts, and negotiating leases for the cruise and cargo business lines.
Before joining the Port of San Diego, Christian worked for KPMG Consulting as a quality management consultant in their public sector practice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Christian is a Certified Port Executive, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Board of Examiners - Malcolm Baldrige, and the recipient of the Examiner of the Year by the California Award for Performance Excellence.
Since arriving at the Port of New Orleans, Christian has joined the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) Advisory Board, and the Green Marine Board of Directors, and serves as the Cruise Committee Chair for the American Association of Port Authorities. Christian was also named an Alumna of the Year (2015) by the University of Arizona and 2016 Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine.