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J. Christopher Lytle

Chris Lytle

Executive Director
Port of Oakland

DTI Board Member



J. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, California, was named to the Port's top management position on July 22, 2013, by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. Prior to assuming the position at the Port of Oakland, Mr. Lytle served as the Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach. A longtime shipping industry veteran, Mr. Lytle served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011 for the Port of Long Beach. He joined the Port in September 2006 as Managing Director of the Port's Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau. Mr. Lytle holds an MBA from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Washington University.  He served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and has traveled extensively during his career in the maritime industry.