Geraldine Knatz
Geraldine Knatz is co-author with Naomi Hirahara of Terminal Island, Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor (2015). Dr. Knatz retired as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles on February 1, 2014 after eight years as its chief executive officer. Prior to that Dr. Knatz was Managing Director at the Port of Long Beach. Despite the commitment of a thirty-seven year career in the maritime industry, Knatz found time for historical pursuits. She wrote the book Long Beach’s Los Cerritos in 2014She serves on the boards of the Banning Residence Museum and the Los Angeles City Historical Society. While director at the Port of Los Angeles, Dr. Knatz presided over the port’s 2007 centennial celebration which led to some lasting initiativesincluding publication of the port’s centennial book, for which she penned the foreword, and a critical survey of the port’s historical records. The findings of that study led Dr. Knatz to establish the Port of Los Angeles Historical Archives and appoint a dedicated archivist to ensure historical records were properly stored, protected, and made available for public study and publication. One of the archive's important historical projects is to digitize the port's more than 200,000 photographs; to date, more than seven thousand are available online. In December 2012 Dr. Knatz received an award from the Los Angeles Historical Society to recognize her efforts to preserve Los Angeles history. She is currently Professor of the Practice in the Schools of Public Policy and Engineering at the University of Southern California and a board member of Bank of the West. In early 2016, Dr. Knatz received a Haynes Foundation grant to prepare a documented history of the Port of Los Angeles 1907 to 1967.

Geraldine Knatz