Norman Arikawa has worked at the Port of Los Angeles for over 40 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port. His responsibilities include developing inbound and outbound trade, promoting the port and supporting the staff of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of International Trade. He also coordinates the visits by foreign officials to the Port, frequently meeting with heads of state, ministers and ambassadors from around the world. He has arranged discussions at the Port for IVCLA’s International Visitor Leadership Program participants on such topics as trade development, port security and environmental initiatives.
Norman helped to develop the Trade Connect program for small and medium-sized businesses which educates on exporting resources and promotes export opportunities. The program received the Presidential “E Star” Award in 2013. He served as co-chair of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce Global Initiatives Committee, is a member of the Chamber’s World Trade committee, and a board member of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council. He also served as advisor to the Brazil California Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisory Board member of the US-Africa Opportunity Network. By appointment of the US Secretary of Commerce, he is currently a member of the District Export Council of Southern California and was recently appointed to serve on a committee with the American Association of Port Authorities for a joint effort with the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration to study finance of US ports.
He has traveled throughout Asia and extensively in Japan where he helped develop a port training program with Japanese ports. He is currently a member of the board of the Los Angeles/Nagoya Sister City Affiliation and previously, by appointment of Mayor Villaraigosa, served as Chair. He has served on the boards of Family and Friends of the Keiro Nursing Home, Nisei Week Japanese Festival, East/West Players, and the Asian Drug Abuse Program. He was appointed three times by Mayor Tom Bradley to co-chair the City of Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Committee and also served as president of the Philippine/California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles City Employees Asian American Association.
Through his work and volunteer spirit Norman has impacted countless individuals, locally and around the world. We are honored to acknowledge Norman’s civic leadership in building bridges and developing international understanding as a valuable leader in the L.A. community.