Tim Schott

Executive Director

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As Executive Director, Mr. Schott is principally responsible for the organizational management, day-to-day administration, and operations of CAPA.   A recognized expert in state policy development relating to freight, transportation, land use, and local government, Tim has provided association management and advocacy services to CAPA since 1995.  In addition to advocating before the Legislative and Executive branches of California state government, he regularly manages issues through the various regulatory and rule-making procedures of many state agencies, boards and commissions. Mr. Schott currently serves on a number of state advisory bodies and policy development partnerships, including the California Freight Advisory Committee, the State Rail Plan Advisory Committee, and the California Marine and Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council.

Mr. Schott graduated, with Honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, earning a bachelor’s degree in literature with an emphasis in political science.


Jim Lites

Association Director

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Jim Lites has over 25 years of experience in government, consulting and association management. As a long-time legislative advocate, Jim has experience in various policy arenas including cargo and goods movement and transportation infrastructure.  Jim also engages in the state budget process and works regularly to achieve budget-related goals.  Jim manages CAPA security-related policy matters and serves on the California Maritime Security Council and the California Freight Advisory Committee.

Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from California State University, Sacramento.  In 1990, Jim studied international political economy at the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish.  Jim holds an active California real estate sales license and Series 7, 63 & 79 securities licenses.


Sarah Johnson

Association Project Manager / Advocate

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Ms. Johnson is a registered lobbyist and association management professional with extensive experience working with public agencies. In addition to regular advocacy and strategic planning efforts, she manages special projects; develops association publications and issue-specific support materials; conducts issue research and analysis; and drafts key communications materials for the Association. She also acts as CAPA Webmaster.  Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautical Studies concentrating in Air Traffic Control at Kent State University, Ohio’s only FAA approved Air Traffic – Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) University. While attending Kent State she earned her private pilot’s license.




Lina Bernal

Administrative Manager

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Ms. Lina Bernal has more than 10 years of association management and advocacy experience. Ms. Bernal’s primary responsibilities include the management of all the organizational duties and procedures for CAPA, including meeting planning and associated logistics management, and state regulatory reporting and compliance requirements. Ms. Bernal also oversees all of the legislative monitoring functions, including review of committee hearings and agendas and legislative bill monitoring. Ms. Bernal began her career in marketing, working for Legi-Tech, a subscription electronic legislative tracking service, and Retail Technology Inc., a retail software developer, and also served as an Account Administrator for California Advocates Management Services. She is a native Californian, and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.



Pawel Ryzinski

Education Program Coordinator & Research Analyst

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Mr. Ryzinski began his career at the California Association of Port Authorities in 2013. Pawel’s primary responsibilities include development of CAPA informational and educational materials, advocacy support, and event production and management.  In addition, he monitors legislative activity at the state capitol, and researches and analyzes proposed legislation.  Mr. Ryzinski serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the California Maritime Leadership Symposium (CMLS), which is the primary organizational committee that produces the long-running CMLS, the premier conference focused on briefing Sacramento’s policymakers on key matters related to the maritime industry.  Pawel is originally from Warsaw, the capitol of Poland. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the California State University of Sacramento.