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Commission Application Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming the next Port of Seattle Commissioner.  This opportunity to serve the people of King County will allow you to help promote the port’s Century Agenda, which aims to add another 100,000 jobs to the region in the next 25 years.

Applicants for the Vacant Position on the Seattle Port Commission

Names of applicants for the vacant Port Commission position will be posted here after the March 22, 12:00 p.m. application deadline. Candidate finalist names are highlighted in bold. 

Candidate Town Hall - Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Port of Seattle Headquarters, 2711 Alaskan Way, Pier 69. 

  • Chris A. Adekoya (Federal Way) – City of Federal Way Civil Service Commissioner and former member of the Independent Salary Commission, City of Federal Way

  • Jack Block, Sr. (Seattle) – former Port of Seattle Commissioner; International Longshore and Warehouse Union member; Owner, The Jack Block Group; Partner, Vista Natural Gas

  • Patsy Tsui Bonincontri (Bellevue) – Sole Proprietor, By Desig; Puget Sound Energy project manager; architect; community service

  • Stephanie Bowman (Seattle) – Executive Director, Washington ABC; former manager of Federal Government Affairs, Port of Tacoma; member of American Association of Port Authorities, community leader

  • Darrell E. Bryan (Mercer Island) – President and Chief Executive Officer, Clipper Navigation; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Visit Seattle (Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau); Board of Directors, Washington Tourism Alliance; community leader

  • Selena M. Carsiotis (Seattle) – Principal, Luminescent Luminary LLC; Ballard District Council; community development activities

  • Fred Felleman (Seattle) – Wildlife and Visual Enterprises; Makah Office of Marine Affairs, marine policy consultant; Northwest Consultant, Bluewater Network / Friends of the Earth; participant in the U.S. Department of Energy Oil Spill Advisory Committee (2012)

  • Mark W. Freitas (Federal Way) – commercial real estate broker; King County Fire Commissioner and former Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners; former member of the City of Federal Way Planning Commission and the Economic Development Board

  • Dan Gatchet (Seattle) – Chair, Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board; founder, West Coast Trucking / Roadlink; Founding Member, Intermodal Council, American Trucking Association

  • Dr. Arun Jhaveri (Burien) – first Mayor of Burien, former Regional Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy, Western Regional Office / Seattle; community leader

  • Claudia Kauffman (Kent) – former State Senator, 47th District; Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Tribe; co-founder, Native Action Network; small business owner

  • Chuck Lare (Seattle) – Chief Executive Officer, Lare & Associates; member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; member, Puget Sound Rental Housing Association; member Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587

  • David Lee (Medina) - Medina City Councilmember; Director, Fund Management, Dayang Capital Ltd. (Hong Kong); Director, Dayang MMB (Kirkland); Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational Council

  • Randy Loomans (Seattle) – Director of Government Relations, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302; former Education and Safety Director, Washington State Labor Council; member, Public Stadium Advisory Board; former Pacific City Councilmember; community leader

  • Greg Lund (Kirkland) – former General Manager, Ultimate Rally LLC; former associate real estate broker, former operations manager, Lund Masonry

  • Dean McColgan (Seattle) – Director of Development, The Museum of Flight; Senior Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship, The Boeing Company; former Federal Way Mayor and City Councilmember; member, Downtown Seattle Association; community leader

  • Janet C. O'Brien (Seattle) – small business owner; licensed private investigator

  • Vicki Orrico (Bellevue) – Principal, Orrico Consulting; member of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees; Center for Women & Democracy; former member of the Bellevue Planning Commission, attorney 

  • Thomas Pitchford (Seattle) - Principal, PitchPoint LLC; former Development & Community Outreach Director, Equal Rights Washington; Campaign Manager, Congressman Jim McDermott (2007-2008); community leader

  • Martin S. Rood (Lake Forest Park) – Designated broker, Mr. 99 & Associates; Vice-Commander, USCG Auxiliary; Charter President, Emerald City Rotary Club of Seattle; businessman; community leader

  • Lloyd B. Robinson (Bellevue) – Principal, Kuest & Robinson; former senior Vice President Practice Development, Milliman; former President and Chief Executive Officer, ALPAC Corporation; former General Counsel, Port of Portland

  • Natasha A. Savage (Seattle) – President, Eastern-European American Chamber of Commerce; Russian interpreter/translator; real estate broker

  • Keith Scully (Shoreline) – Member, City of Shoreline Planning Commission;  Board Member, King County Conservation Voters; Legal Director, Futurewise; Pro Tem Commissioner, King County Superior Court, Juvenile Division; attorney, Newman Du Wors, LLP, Gendler & Mann, LLP; community service

  • Frederic Vimeux (Seattle) – Interim General Counsel, GlobaLex; Cedars Online Ltd. (Vancouver, BC); Univar Inc.; attorney

  • S. Michael Wolfe, Jr. (Seattle) – Chair, 37th Legislative District Democrats; former King County Democrats Central Committee Member; Manager of Sales, USEADEAL; travel consultant

  • Nancy E. Wyatt (Kent) – President/CEO of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, former President/CEO of the Covington Chamber of Commerce; community leader. View the candidate's application here.

  • Al Yuen (Bellevue) – Designated broker, ABC Investments, Inc.; former Bellevue Transportation Commissioner; former Seattle Sister City Commissioner


This is a part time position (about half-time); responsibilities include:
  • Representing the nearly 2 million citizens of King County.
  • Advancing regional economic development and reducing the Port’s ecological footprint.
  • Creating 100,000 more jobs in our region by implementing the Century Agenda.
  • Overseeing the Port of Seattle, which includes the Northwest’s biggest seaport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Fishermen’s Terminal, cruise ship terminals, and a real estate portfolio.
  • Working with the State, King County and King County’s 39 cities.
  • Serving on outside boards and committees related to the mission of the port.
  • Attending and speaking at community functions, events, and receptions.


Applicants must be U.S. and Washington state citizens, and a resident eligible to vote in King County.  This halftime position pays $500 a month, with benefits, and requires some travel.
The duration of this appointment will be through the end of 2013. At the November 2013 general election, a candidate will be elected to complete the term. Applications for the position are being accepted until noon on March 22, 2013. 
Next Steps
Informational Candidate Forum Video - January 22, 2013 (02:24:25)