AAPA Continues Focus on Upskilling Programs

The need for a nimble, diverse and competent workforce has become a priority in response to recent labor shortages, supply chain challenges and hybrid working conditions throughout the pandemic. AAPA’s Professional & Workforce Development programs assist our members in cultivating purpose and passion in the workforce. To ensure that our upskilling programs continue to deliver excellence, AAPA is bringing on Shannon McLeod as a new director of Professional & Workforce Development.

Shannon will oversee the Professional Port Manager (PPM) Certification and accreditation programs including the ACCELerate grant program, under the U.S. Department of Labor. Shannon’s comprehensive experience spans two decades providing project management and technical direction on maritime, intermodal and supply chain initiatives. She received an MPA in maritime, ports and logistics management from Old Dominion University, is the chair of the Ports and Channels Standing Committee of the Transportation Research Board and is in the 2023 Alpha Class of the PPM program.

AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor said, “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to recruit Shannon to AAPA. Her hiring marks a renewed focus in our industry association to enhance professional development and credentialing programming to the highest standard.”

With the guidance and insight of AAPA’s Professional Development Board, the Professional & Workforce Development team plans to accomplish the following actions this year:

  • Update course offerings and re-establish PPM core curriculum,
  • Develop a PPM credential renewal process,
  • Provide more creative and inclusive learning environments, and
  • Engage PPM graduates in mentorship and knowledge-transfer opportunities.

AAPA is extending the PPM 2024 program enrollment deadline to April 4 to provide time for Shannon to transition into her new role. The application portal is now open and will remain open until midnight on April 4.
To learn more about the PPM program or the upcoming professional development initiatives, contact Shannon McLeod at smcleod@aapa-ports.org.