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photo Jon Slangerup
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Jon Slangerup serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Long Beach where he brings 35 years of leadership experience in multi-modal logistics and environmental technologies. Prior to joining the Port in 2014, Jon served for 20 years as a president, CEO and/or board director of both public and private companies ranging from environmental technology companies to the billion-dollar Canadian subsidiary of FedEx Corporation. He serves as a Director on various corporate and industry boards, and is a trustee of his alma mater, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

In 2003, Dan Goldman invited Jon to join the newly forming E2 New England chapter, of which Dan is now a chapter leader. At the time, Jon was based in Toronto and while he joined and even spoke at a May 2003 Boston event, he found he didn’t have quite enough time to fully participate. When Jon moved to Los Angeles in 2005 for his work with Solar Integrated Technologies, he immediately contacted E2 and started getting more involved. “I’ve always believed the biggest focus for environmental issues has to be on government policy and legislation. Since NRDC has been so active and successful at that, and with the backing and leadership of the organization so prominent in that regard, I felt it was important for me and [wife] Tracy to support the organization. And E2 by association was a natural fit.”

Jon describes himself as a strong advocate for energy security and addressing climate change as it pertains to energy and transportation. Jon was actively involved in advocating for the passage of AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. He was part of a team of Southern California E2 members who met with targeted legislators in their district offices to educate them about the bill, listen to their concerns, answer their questions and ultimately steer them toward voting for passage of the bill. The bill passed in August 2006, but Jon has remained heavily involved, attending implementation workshops and contributing to draft reports on specific solutions strategies. (See E2 Climate Campaign for related information.)

Jon has also volunteered considerable time and expertise as a delegate on E2’s advocacy trips to Sacramento and Washington, DC. He regards the opportunity to serve as an E2 delegate an honor and privilege. “E2 allows me to participate in the political process in a very positive, action-oriented way. There’s sincerity and power about what we’re doing that I think is never lost on the people with whom we meet. We’re not paid and not there for a specific company’s benefit. We’re there for a higher purpose, and people understand that. I think that’s why E2 has been so effective.”

With graduate and undergraduate degrees in business administration and aeronautics, Jon also has been involved with the California Hydrogen Business Council, California’s Fuel Cell Partnership, California’s Hydrogen Network Advisory Team, the U.S. Department of Energy’s International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy, E2C2’s Business Climate Network, Global Green and World Wildlife Fund. Asked why he thinks E2 stands out, Jon says he appreciates “the quality of leadership. Bob and Nicole are remarkable and inspirational in their commitment. It’s been great to be involved with a high-quality, high-charge organization. I’ve formed great friendships with people I would not have otherwise met.”

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