Vice President of Planning and Development
Port Tampa Bay
Ram Kancharla is Vice President of Planning and Development for Florida’s largest port. For more than two decades, he has overseen Port Tampa Bay’s capital improvements, strategic planning, economic development, transportation planning, capital resource management, regulatory compliance, and inter-agency coordination and outreach.
Kancharla has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and is certified by the American Association of Port Authorities as a Professional Port Manager (PPM®). He is an alumnus of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tampa, and represents the port of Tampa on various committees involved in freight movement, intermodal planning, finance, trade, logistics and the maritime industry. Kancharla was appointed by the Commerce Secretary to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Council on Supply Chain Competitiveness.
He is active in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership, Government Finance Officers Association, and American Association of Port Authorities, and he advises or serves on the boards of Floridians for Better Transportation, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation, the Florida Ports Financing Commission, and the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. Kancharla is also a Global Advisory Council member for Columbia -based Innovation in Logistics, Supply Chain and Port Management (LOGPORT) and, U.S. Maritime Administration Strong Ports focus group member. He is an active Rotarian and serves on several community boards including Feeding America.