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Bill Bryant 

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Current Term: January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015 (elected in 2007, re-elected in 2011).

Current Office: Vice President.

Previous Commission Offices: President (2009 - 2011). Secretary (2008).

Current Port Commission committee assignments: N/A.

Previous Port Commission committee assignments: Audit Committee, Century Agenda Environmental Panel Chair (2008) and Special Investigations Committee (2008).

Century Agenda Portfolios: Premier International Logistics Hub (co-lead), Tourism Destination/Business Getaway (secondary).

2012 Outside Board Assignments: Alaskan Way Viaduct Oversight Committee, Art Oversight Committee, Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, SR-509 South Access Project Executive Committee (alternate), Tribal Liaison and Washington Tourism Alliance.

Education: B.S. (Georgetown School of Foreign Service).

About Commissioner Bryant: Commissioner Bill Bryant was elected to represent King County citizens as a Port of Seattle Commissioner in the fall of 2007. In January 2008, he was sworn into office by former Governor Dan Evans, who co-chaired his campaign. Bryant immediately began increasing the Port’s transparency and public accountability, working to protect Puget Sound, and improving our transportation system. After only one year on the Commission, in 2009, he was elected President of the Commission by his peers. He served as Commission President for three consecutive years. In 2010 he was named Maritime Public Official of the Year by the Propeller Club.

Commissioner Bill Bryant was born in Morton, and grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and in Olympia. After attending Capital High School, he studied trade and diplomacy at Georgetown University. He put his training to work immediately as the director of Washington Governor John Spellman’s trade council. He then lived in Yakima for seven years, traveling around the world working to eliminate unfair foreign trade barriers and open new markets for Washington's fruit growers.

In 1992, Bryant moved to Seattle and founded Bryant Christie Inc., a company that works to eliminate foreign trade barriers, develops new international markets. He is also an investor and advisor to Deneki Outdoors, a company with fly fishing camps in Alaska, British Columbia, South Andros, and Chile.

In addition to his entrepreneurial interests, Bryant has been appointed by both Democratic and Republican administrations, Congress, and the United States Export Import Bank to advise on our nation’s trade policies.

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