AltaSea Names Tim McOsker CEO to Lead Next Phase of Strategic Development
Jenny Krusoe to Continue as Executive Director, Focused on Fundraising, Events, Operations
(Tim McOsker, New CEO of AltaSea | Photograph Courtesy of San Pedro Chamber of Commerce)
SAN PEDRO, CA. – (Thursday, January 25) – The Board of Trustees of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles has named prominent Los Angeles attorney and civic leader Tim McOsker as Chief Executive Officer, as the organization expands its reach and moves into a new phase focused on land deals, partnerships and program building. The appointment is effective Thursday, February 1, 2018.
“In 2017, AltaSea had a remarkable string of successes that built a powerful foundation for our next stage of development,” said AltaSea Board Chairman Camilla Townsend. “In 2018, with Tim as CEO, AltaSea will aggressively move forward on complicated issues such as signing additional tenants, finalizing major operating partnerships, taking control of additional parcels and beginning their development and remediation. Tim brings decades of hands-on experience in this kind of work and we’re thrilled that he has agreed to join AltaSea as CEO.”
AltaSea, a non-profit organization, was created to reshape 35 acres in the oldest part of the Port of Los Angeles into a center for ocean-oriented science research, STEM education and sustainable business creation. Such efforts are vital to diversify the region’s work opportunities as the port automates many jobs.
In 2017, AltaSea partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of LA Harbor, Ocean Exploration Trust and Los Angeles Maritime Institute to offer STEM classes for middle and high schoolers. It also launched work on the La Kretz Blue Economy Incubator, to stimulate startup business development, and secured several million dollars in foundation and government grants as well as hundreds of community contributions. On its deep-water-access wharf, AltaSea houses notable tenant partners such as Dr. Bob Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust and sustainable aquaculturist Catalina Sea Ranch.
AltaSea’s board has approved several important goals for 2018, including a fundraising target of more than $11 million in grants and contributions, taking possession of several additional parcels, reorganizing staff at no additional salary cost, implementing a business plan to generate more tenant revenue, and finalizing a next-stage partnership with the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a research consortium of 23 universities and aquariums.
“AltaSea has achieved so much in the past few years, bringing together high-profile partners and tenants, securing major grants, and building a reputation as a visionary organization. AltaSea is a complete game changer for San Pedro and our surrounding community and will usher in our region’s tech-based future,” said McOsker. “Now we need to build the organizational infrastructure for an efficient, sustainable, cost-effective operation that can realize all of AltaSea’s great promise.”
As CEO, McOsker will oversee contracts, leases, land deals, and partnership negotiations. Jenny Krusoe will continue as Executive Director, focusing on fundraising, grants, external communications, special events and long-term vision. Krusoe will report to McOsker, working closely with him in areas such as budget, board relations and organizational planning. She will also continue to oversee day-to-day operations.
McOsker’s naming is the result of a search initiated by Krusoe for a talented, highly respected executive skilled in the kinds of contracting and growth activities that will dominate the organization’s focus in coming months. The new structure will allow Krusoe to focus on strengths that have helped the organization thrive since she took over leadership in 2015.
McOsker has served the city of Los Angeles and Southern California in a variety of public leadership roles, including as chief of staff for former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and as Hahn’s chief deputy city attorney. He represented AltaSea in critical 2017 lease renegotiations with the Port of Los Angeles.
McOsker will continue to serve clients as a partner at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP, where he is Co-Chair of the Government and Regulatory Law Department. His deep experience in land use, environmental issues, permitting, municipal law and contracts for a variety of public and private clients make him well-suited for the AltaSea leadership role.
McOsker, a life-long San Pedro resident, is chairman of the board of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Harbor Interfaith Services. He also has been heavily involved in development efforts for the University of Notre Dame his alma mater.
About AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles accelerates scientific collaboration, facilitates job creation and inspires the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Built on a historic pier with access to the deep ocean, AltaSea’s 35-acre campus brings people together to expand science-based understanding of the ocean; incubate and sustain ocean-related business; and pioneer new ocean-related education programs. For more information, please visit www.AltaSea.org.
Krista Swingle, Deputy Director, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles