Monique Moyer is the second woman to serve as executive director of the Port of San Francisco in its 146-year history. She was appointed to the job by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004. Earlier, she was director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Finance and Business Affairs for San Francisco. The Port manages the 7½-mile Bay shoreline from the Hyde Street Pier in the north to India Basin in the south. The Port promotes maritime commerce, navigation and fisheries and public recreation. More than 1,000 acres fall under its jurisdiction.
Who has had the biggest impression on you in your life?
My grandparents, Donald and Louise Ankrum. They had very down-to-earth values about human decency. That was a really strong lesson throughout my childhood. They were Christian values, but my grandparents weren’t particularly religious.
What book or piece of writing has had the largest impact on you?
I recently read a book on Frances Perkins, FDR’s [female] secretary of labor for all three terms.
Is there a “golden rule” by which you live?
It’s incumbent upon all of us to assure that our motives are as clear as possible — especially when you’re a public servant. I believe in being fair and credible and putting emotions aside.
Where or to whom do you turn to in dark times?
I’m fortunate to have a terrific husband and a network of long and close friends. I also have a number of mentors, depending on the issues, including fellow department heads and people within the community whom I trust.
Where do you find inspiration?
Right now, I find it from the Port staff and its incredible history. A lot of times when I’m looking at the history of the Port, I find it very inspiring.
What’s something about you that people would find surprising?
I’m a bit of a farm, girl: I like horses, tractors and boats. And I’m a little bit superstitious in the capital market.
What would you want most to hear your colleagues say about you?
That I work hard and fairly, that I can be depended upon.
What does your job consist of?
I’m the Port director. We manage a portfolio of water and land assets. It runs like a mini-city — we do street repair, negotiate contracts. The Port is very much a part of the fabric of The City, it’s home to almost 400 businesses, small and large. I’ve been in this job since May 2004.
I read that you’re only the second woman to serve as executive director in the port’s 146-year history.
How about that? The first woman was 30 years ago. That was worldwide news.