Council Approves Appointment of Butner, Story to Port Board


The Oakland City Council this week confirmed the reappointment of incumbent Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner to the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.


The council also approved the appointment to the port board of prominent real estate attorney Joan H. Story, who was nominated for a four-year term by Mayor Libby Schaaf.


Butner, an Oakland resident since 1981, is president, CEO and owner of Horizon Beverage Company. The firm is among Black Enterprise’s top 100 Black-Owned Businesses nationally, based on revenue.


A University of Missouri graduate, he worked for major corporations in Chicago and Minneapolis before moving to Oakland. He has served on the boards of the East Bay YMCA and Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and as president of Sequoyah Country Club.


“I’m excited by the opportunity to continue supporting the port and the people of Oakland,” said Butner. “And I look forward to working with Joan Story – her expertise in real estate and land use planning will be critical in our future decision-making.”


Story is a partner in the international law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. She has more than 35 years of experience representing developers, foreign and institutional investors and corporate users of commercial real estate.


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