Meet the Board

The Connecticut Port Authority’s governing board is composed of 15 voting members, including state officials, community leaders, port authority professionals, and individuals with knowledge related to trade, marine transportation, and finance.

Acting Chair, Deputy Commissioner David Kooris

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Designee of DECD Commissioner David Lehman

David Kooris joined the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in March of 2018.  He is responsible for orchestrating the placed-based components of the state’s economic development strategy including transit-oriented development, brownfields, capital projects, waterfront, and tourism.  His focus is to coordinate public sector infrastructure investment to best prepare communities for private sector growth while enhancing environmental sustainability and quality of life for all.

Prior to joining DECD, Mr. Kooris was Director of Resilience for Connecticut’s Department of Housing.  There, he managed two federal grants totaling nearly $65 million for coastal resilience planning across Fairfield and New Haven Counties and the design and construction of several pilot projects for green infrastructure, raised mobility corridors, distributed energy generation, and 21st century flood protection in the City of Bridgeport.

Before state service, Mr. Kooris was the Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development and Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency for the City of Bridgeport.  There, he oversaw ten departments in the creation of the city’s revitalization strategy and its execution in tangible public and private investments.  Mr. Kooris began his career at the Regional Plan Association where he held several positions, most notably Vice President and Connecticut Director.  His work there focused on helping individuals, communities, and agencies better understand the link between social, economic, and environmental factors and better position the tri-state region and its neighborhoods for a sustainable future through coordinated land use and transportation planning.

As an independent consultant, Mr. Kooris has worked on high-speed rail-oriented development, sustainability, and urban revitalization projects throughout the Northeast corridor as well as in Canada, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey.

He received an Hours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning and a Master Certificate in Urban Design from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He lives in Stamford with his wife and two daughters.

Commissioner Katie Scharf Dykes
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Katie Scharf Dykes is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).  She was nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as the Commissioner of DEEP, and was confirmed on February 20, 2019.  Katie previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) from 2015-2018, and as Deputy Commissioner for Energy at Connecticut DEEP from 2012-2015. Katie also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI) from 2014 to 2017.  RGGI is a multi-state effort focused on reducing carbon emissions from electric generating facilities.  Katie joined CT DEEP in March 2012 after prior service as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.  She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.

Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti
Department of Transportation

Joseph J. Giulietti was nominated as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation by Governor Ned Lamont in January 2019. Mr. Giulietti’s nomination was confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly on February 20, 2019.

A 46-year veteran of the public transportation industry and a native of Connecticut, “Joe” Giulietti served as President of Metro-North Railroad from 2014 to 2017, and as Deputy Executive Director and then Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority from 1998 to 2014. The authority serves Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Giulietti spearheaded the authority’s “Double-Track Corridor Improvement Program” when the agency was known as “Tri-Rail.” This resulted in a major expansion of service and a double-digit increase in ridership.

After Ned Lamont was elected governor in 2018, Giulietti joined the new governor’s transition team to develop transportation priorities and initiatives.

Commissioner David Lehman
Department of Economic and Community Development

David Lehman is Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the state agency that oversees a wide range of programs promoting business retention and recruitment, brownfield redevelopment, the arts, historic preservation and tourism. Governor Ned Lamont nominated him for the position earlier this year.

Mr. Lehman will also serve as the Governor’s Senior Economic Advisor. He is already hard at work at creating an innovative public-private partnership between DECD and CERC known as the Partnership to Advance the Connecticut of Tomorrow (PACT), a new economic development delivery model for our state.

Mr. Lehman’s business development priorities include helping build our urban centers into engines of growth; further capitalizing on the state’s top-flight colleges and universities; strengthening the state’s workforce pipelines; and marketing Connecticut as a place that is open for business.

Prior to joining DECD, Mr. Lehman worked in the financial services industry. Most recently he was Global Head of Real Estate Finance for the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 15 years.

State Treasurer, Shawn T. Wooden
Office of the State Treasurer

Shawn T. Wooden was elected State Treasurer on November 6, 2018, following a successful 21-year career as an investment attorney specializing in public pension plans. He was sworn-in as Connecticut’s 83rd State Treasurer on January 9, 2019.

Most recently, Treasurer Wooden was a Partner in a major law firm where he led its public pension plan investment practice and was a member of the Investment Section of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

Melissa McCaw
Secretary Office of Policy and Management

Melissa McCaw was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, also known as the CT Budget Chief, effective January 9, 2019. McCaw is a seasoned professional with eighteen years of budgeting, finance, operations and planning experience in government and higher education organizations. McCaw previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Budget, Management & Grants for the City of Hartford for 3 years overseeing both the Budget and Finance functions, with a general fund budget of $570 million and an all funds budget in excess of $1 billion.

Secretary, Pamela K. Elkow
Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennesey, LLP

Pamela Elkow has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in remediating or redeveloping brownfields; purchasing or selling businesses or real estate with significant environmental liabilities or challenges; obtaining permits; providing environmental, health, and safety compliance counseling; and responding to governmental enforcement. Her clients include large companies engaged in the remediation of legacy properties, portfolio companies in the business of acquiring and remediating contaminated property for investment or resale, and municipalities engaged in redevelopment efforts.

Pamela is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Energy, Environment, and Resources Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee and a frequent lecturer and writer on environmental issues for audiences such as developers, environmental consultants, and other lawyers. She is also on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and serves as the Treasurer, of the Business Council of Fairfield County.

Pamela graduated from Colgate University (BA) and the George Washington University (JD). She is a partner with the law firm of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey, LLP, and was previously a partner with the law firm of Robinson + Cole LLP.

Pamela was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Nancy J. DiNardo

Nancy DiNardo has spent her professional career dedicated to serving the public in a variety of schools, non-profit organizations, and local governments.

She worked in the Bridgeport Public Schools for thirty years, first as an elementary teacher, then as a school psychologist, and then 16 years as the Director of Psychological Services. After retiring from education, she volunteered at the Democratic State Party before becoming chairwoman in 2005. In 2015, she stepped down as chair last year and is currently the vice chair of the Party. She also served as chair of Trumbull Democratic Town Committee for 30 years before stepping down in 2014.

As a result of her commitment to serving, she has worked to achieve a leadership position in her time spent serving the Democratic Party. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Party Chairs and the Democratic National Committee – and was elected by her peers up and down the East Coast as the Chair of the Eastern Regional Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, a post on which she has served since 2010. It has given her the opportunity to network with other party and elected leaders in our neighboring states and, as a result of her national engagement, she has had exposure to plenty of the issues being discussed in our region.

In Trumbull, Nancy has served on the Town Council, Board of Finance, Board of Health and the Police Commission. She also served as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Trumbull Emergency Medical Service for 12 years. During part of that time, she was the assistant to the executive director of TEMS. While on the Board of Health, she served on a committee to develop a Bridgeport area hospice program. She is also on the Board of Directors at Griffin Hospital where she is on the Quality Assurance and the Development Fund Committees

Nancy holds a B.A. in Sociology from Emmanuel College and two Masters degrees from Fairfield University.

Nancy was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Donald B. Frost
D.B. Frost & Associates

Donald B. Frost is a principal at D.B. Frost & Associates, Marine Transportation Planners and Consultants.

He has been employed ashore in management positions by ship owners, ship operators, shippers (miners, manufacturers, merchants and traders) regarding marketing, freight market trends, intermodal transportation and logistics functions. Additionally, Don has consulted for shippers, ship owners, ports, railroads, and development banks on shipping markets, intermodal logistics and materials handling issues. Today, Don is involved with a variety of activities, including:

  • Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. – Active maritime arbitrator
  • Connecticut Maritime Association Inc. – Founding member (1984), elected President four times. Presently Industry Liaison and Editor of CMA’s monthly Newsletter (
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers – member of the Publishing and Maritime Economics panels
  • Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (2006-2011) – commercial advisor and researcher.
  • US Merchant Marine Academy Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) (1993-1998) – lecturer on economic geography, shipping markets and shipping contracts
  • Global Business and Transportation (GBAT) program at the State University of New York Maritime College – commercial advisor and occasional lecturer on economic geography
  • US-China Business Center at Central Connecticut State University – lecturer (2010 and 11) on “The Blue Economy”.
  • National Association of Maritime Organizations (NAMO) – represent the Connecticut Maritime Association
  • Connecticut Maritime Coalition Inc. – Board member representing deepwater commercial maritime issues

Don graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College, with a B.S. in Marine Transportation and a US Coast Guard license as a Third Mate Oceans-Unlimited Tonnage with Meteorology and Radar endorsements. He sailed as navigating officer aboard U.S. flag ships engaged in international trade and raised his license to Second Mate. Don also served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve with Military Sealift Command. Upon coming ashore he went on to earn his M.B.A. degree in International Business/Marketing at Baruch School of Business, City University of New York.

Don has been a resident of Fairfield since 1977.

Don was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Speaker of the House, Representative Brendan Sharkey.

Terry Gilbertson
Town of Woodbridge

John S. Johnson
Thames River Properties

John has spent his lifetime on or near the sea. A native of Mamaroneck, New York, John has lived for over 40 years in Connecticut. A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics, he started his professional life in the international banking world. Johnson soon gravitated to a family marine hardware business and ultimately became a founding partner of Brewer Yacht Yards in Mamaroneck, NY. A born entrepreneur, John’s long list has a common underlying element: the coastal waters. His current businesses include the Gallery at Firehouse Square, a maritime art gallery located in New London, and Thames River Properties, New London; the Allen Spool Mill Building, Mystic; Newport Marine Products; JBG Ventures LLC and USA Ltd. Partnership.

John’s civic responsibilities are also numerous: Chairman OpSail Connecticut; Founding Board member National Coast Guard Museum Association; Chairman Legislative Affairs CMTA; Vice Chairman New London Port Authority. John works and resides in New London.

John was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

David Pohorylo
New England Shipping Company, Inc.

David E. Pohorylo, a Connecticut native born and raised in Windsor Locks, has resided with his family in Monroe, Connecticut since 1985.

Mr. Pohorylo began his career in the Maritime Industry in 1974, when he joined the Swedish Brostrom Group in New York City, as a staff accountant. Mr. Pohorylo worked with several of the group’s companies in New York and Gothenburg, Sweden, and in 1978 Mr. Pohorylo moved to the position of Manager, Finance & M.I.S. of Brostrom Shipping Company North America, the newly expanded branch office for the Swedish parent overseeing liner, bulker, tanker, trading and pool operations in the Americas. The relocation of Brostrom’s AB Atlanttrafik headquarters to the United States in 1983 allowed Mr. Pohorylo the opportunity to assume the position of Chief Corporate Controller & M.I.S. Director. Mr. Pohorylo later transitioned to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Pohorylo returned to Connecticut in 1986 to assume the position of Vice President of Tagship Inc., a major steamship agency with 14 offices on the U.S.East Coast and Gulf, and managed their representation of a container/general cargo liner service.

In 1991 Mr. Pohorylo founded New England Shipping Company, Inc., a ship agency and management company, based in New Haven, Connecticut. New England Shipping originally focused on vessels calling Connecticut’s Ports but has expanded over the years into a full-service shipping company handling all types of vessels and cargo, from bulk carriers to reefer ships, tankers to container and passenger vessels, to highly specialized vessels such as fiber optic cable laying vessels and semi-submersibles in all ports of the northeast United States along with Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. New England Shipping Company, the only Connecticut based ship agency, continues to maintain their headquarters in Milford, Connecticut and also has satellite offices in New London, Albany, and Port Newark.

Mr. Pohorylo is the current Chairman of the Connecticut Maritime Coalition, a Connecticut Cluster Organization, which has been the voice of the maritime to the State of Connecticut since its inception in 1999. He also serves the State of Connecticut as the longest sitting State Pilot Commissioner.

Mr. Pohorylo was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by House Minority Leader, Representative Themis Klarides

Grant W. Westerson
Yacht Safety, LLC

Grant Westerson has been on the Connecticut waterfront and active in the Recreational Marine Industry since his youth when his family started a premium yacht dealership in Essex in the late 1950’s.  He was working full time when the business relocated to Old Saybrook as he also served with the Connecticut National Guard as a Recruiter.  He then earned a Coast Guard Master’s License and later his pilot’s license, instrument rated.  The company eventually purchased and renovated a local boatyard and café.  He managed it for 18 years as President until the property was taken to construct a new I-95 bridge.  He then completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Connecticut.  Continuing to oversee client’s vessels, he also worked with a Marine Surveying business throughout New England, inspecting vessels for prepurchase and investigating insurance claims for many leading underwriters.

Elected in 1983, Grant served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, being voted in as Chairman and then President.  For the next 33 years he served on numerous state, regional, and national organizations affiliated with the recreational boating industry, many as Chairman.  In 1996 Grant was hired as CMTA’s full time Executive Director to motivate and move the trade association forward.  He served there for the next 18 years, managing staff, membership, organizing and producing the Annual Hartford Boat Show, and on many initiatives of legislation in Hartford.  During his tenure, the Association grew in membership and recognition as a leading marine trade association.  He now works part time for himself as a Marine Surveyor.

Active in Old Saybrook, he has operated the town Marine Patrol vessel for over 30 years, served on the Board of Finance and worked as a certified Election Moderator.  He was appointed by three Connecticut Governors as Old Saybrook’s Harbormaster, to the Long Island Sound LPG Terminal Task Force, and as a Commissioner on the Connecticut Maritime Commission.  He was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano.  Grant is licensed on land, sea and air.

Parker S. Wise
Formerly of American Cruise Lines, Inc.

Parker S. Wise is presently in-house counsel at American Cruise Lines Inc./Pearl Seas Cruises Inc. in Guilford CT. Before this assignment, he was Counsel at B+H Ocean Carriers Ltd. and General Counsel, Risk Manager and Corporate Secretary at Maritrans Inc.

Parker began his law practice at admiralty law firm Haight Gardner in New York, emphasizing ship financing and charter party disputes. He subsequently went in-house with Texaco in New York and then on to Conoco in Houston. Latter sent him to London for many years, where he had an oil & gas law practice involving exploration & production efforts throughout Europe/Africa. Upon returning to the United State, he became President of Scandinavian Marine, a hull insurance claims office then owned by the Norwegian hull clubs. Later, he returned to the practice of law with Trans Ocean Express, a refrigeration ship operator, followed by some years at Maritrans and B+H, and now ACL/PSC.

These positions have given him sound experience in, for example, ship financing, vessel documentation under many flags, insurance/risk management, claims, litigation management, contracts management, offshore incorporation, the negotiation and preparation of contracts having to do with the purchase/sale, chartering, construction and repair of vessels, international energy and marine-related business transactions of all kinds, and company secretarial/governance functions. He was also the company secretary of Conoco in the UK.

Parker was appointed to the Connecticut Port Authority Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.