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L.A. Area Chamber Appoints Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner to Lead World Trade Week Efforts

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner Valeria C. Velasco as Vice Chair of the 2011 World Trade Week committee.

With Velasco on board, World Trade Week now has key leadership representing two of Southern California’s most important entry points for global trade, Los Angeles World Airports and the Port of Long Beach.  Port of Long Beach Commissioner Mario Cordero is currently Chair of the committee.

Together, the port and airport commissioners will leverage their international trade experience as they begin to guide World Trade Week, which includes more than 40 events held throughout Southern California in May.

“Valeria and Mario will be a highly effective combination and will provide exactly the type of leadership and insight required to produce world-class international trade programming for our region,” said L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos Valderrama.  “Already established as the preeminent global trade event, we look forward to taking World Trade Week to even newer heights in 2011.”

Velasco was reelected vice president of the Board of Airport Commissioners in July 2007.  She is a sole practitioner estate planning attorney in Playa del Rey and has served as a Los Angeles Planning Commissioner, Staff Legal Counsel and Hispanic Liaison to former Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo, Assembly Aid/Hispanic Liaison to former Assembly Speaker Mike Roos, a bilingual elementary school teacher, and a Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the State Bar of California.  She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law and a master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate School, and Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

For more than 85 years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber has helped educate the region about the importance and benefits of global trade through World Trade Week, held each May.  This unique celebration begins with the annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast attracting more than 500 business and civic leaders.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit

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