WASHINGTON – Today, the Transportation Institute (TI) announced the addition of Sarah Scherer as Vice President of Pacific Coast Operations. This appointment follows the retirement of Richard Berkowitz, who served as a dedicated advocate to the U.S. maritime sector and mariners across the country for nearly 27 years at TI. Rich is noted for his efforts to bring all elements of the maritime sector together by coordinating US-Flag maritime roundtables to brief policymakers, spearheading local hire initiatives in Alaska to provide training and employment for over 800 of its residents, and launching a nationwide Military-to-Maritime effort to assure veterans have more access and opportunities to secure maritime careers.
With a wealth of experience working in the U.S. maritime sector, Sarah joins TI from the City of Seattle, where she served as the Maritime and Manufacturing Advocate in the Office of Economic Development. Starting as a graduate of the Texas Maritime Academy, Sarah brings over 30 years of in-depth private and public sector operational, business, academic, policy, and leadership experience in the maritime sector to TI.
“With a longstanding passion for our nation’s maritime community, it is an honor to join the Transportation Institute to advocate for hardworking U.S. mariners and the domestic maritime sector during this critical time for our country’s economy and transportation system.” said Sarah Scherer. “I look forward to serving as a strong advocate for the associations’ members as we seek to strengthen U.S. maritime transportation.”
“The Transportation Institute thanks Richard Berkowitz for his many years of dedication to the domestic maritime sector and is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sarah Scherer as Vice President of Pacific Coast Operations,” said James L. Henry, Chairman and President of the Transportation Institute. “Sarah’s vast experience and leadership across the maritime industry, in both the public and private sectors, will make her an invaluable asset to the Transportation Institute’s mission, not only on the Pacific Coast, but across the entire country.”
The Transportation Institute (TI) was established in 1967 as a non-profit organization dedicated to maritime research education and promotion. The Institute participates in all phases of the nation’s deep-sea, foreign and domestic shipping trades, and barge and tugboat operations on the Great Lakes and on the vast network of America’s inland waterways. Many member company vessels are contracted to the U.S. military services. All are of U.S. registry — cr
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