Nomination Process The Port Ambassador Program consists of delegates nominated by each of the ten SCPA Review and Oversight Commission (ROCSPA) members, the nine members of the SCPA Board of Directors, and the SCPA Senior Management team. The target class size is 25 individuals from around the state with varying professional backgrounds and community engagement.
The program runs September through May; during that time, delegates are exposed to the Port and intermodal industry’s inner workings through a series of full and half-day educational sessions and tours. Further, to foster an atmosphere of networking and industry understanding, special events hosted by the Port and port partners will include delegates when appropriate.
Mission Increase public awareness and understanding of the SC Ports Authority’s strategic plan, ensuring the Port is the preferred top-ten Port in the nation.
Develop a network of graduates to cultivate goodwill, understanding, acceptance, and advocacy from local, state, and federal leaders and community members.
Background The Port Ambassador Program seeks to educate community leaders on the Port’s inner workings, state-wide impacts, and opportunities facing the organization. Emerging from a six-year capital investment plan, the SCPA is bringing to fruition its top infrastructure projects: Phase One of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, the refurbishment and modernization of the Wando Welch Terminal, expansion of the Inland Port Greer, and the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project – achieving 52 feet of depth, the deepest on the east coast.
Graduates of the Port Ambassador Program will be a resource for grassroots community efforts to support the Port’s goals and mission.
Target Ambassador Criteria Port Ambassadors are South Carolinians currently exhibiting leadership and influence within their respective sectors of business, philanthropy, or community service. The ideal Ambassador is a busy, involved person who is already making a difference in the economic, cultural, and social quality of life in South Carolina with enough schedule discretion to devote 4-5 days per year to the Port Ambassadors program.
Program Implementation Jordi Yarborough, SVP Community Engagement and Secretary to the Board, oversees the program, including coordination of all sessions and activities, communication with participants, integration with staff members, and future alumnae engagement.