Alan David “Dave” Arian
Dave Arian has been a local leader in the L.A. Harbor area and a national leader in the labor movement for decades.
Dave is a proud citizen of San Pedro and the Harbor Area. Dave grew up on 8th Street in San Pedro CA. He went to Cabrillo Elementary, Dana Jr. High and San Pedro High School. He played at the San Pedro Boys Club (and supports the Boys and Girls Club to this day).
Dave has been an active member of the community, from his days opening the San Pedro Community Action Center in 1966 to his more recent support of many local community organizations, including the Toberman Settlement House, the Harbor Interfaith Shelter, and the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club. In 2006, Mayor Villaraogosa asked him to sit on the joint port Advisory for the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach’s Clean Air Action Plan.
Dave is proud to have been a longshoreman like his father Lou Arian, before him. Dave started working on the docks in 1965. Dave served as an Officer of ILWU Local 13 many times, including three stints as Local President. Finally in 1991 Dave was elected International President of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. When his term was up, he went back to the docks in LA. Dave retired from the waterfront and the ILWU after 44 years on January 1, 2009.
Since then, Dave has served as President of the Harry Bridges Institute, a San Pedro based non-profit dedicated to community organization.
Dave was appointed to the Los Angeles Port Commission in 2011 and is now serving as a Port Commissioner.
Dave has two children, a son Sean and a daughter Justine and two grandchildren Jadyn Rose and Destan.