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John Creighton 

John Creighton

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Current Term: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2017 (elected in 2005, re-elected in 2009 and 2014)

Current Office: Commissioner-at-Large

Previous Commission Offices: President (2016, 2007 – 2008); Vice President (2012); Secretary (2011); Assistant Secretary (2006, 2010, 2014).

Current Port Commission Committee Assignments: Projects and Procurement Committee

Current Outside Board Assignments:
Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, 509 Coalition, Joint Advisory Committee (with City of SeaTac), Highline Forum (Co-chair), Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB), Seattle Sports Commission, and Soundside Alliance (Alternate).

Previous Port Commission committee assignments: Audit Committee (2009, 2016), Century Agenda Committee Co-Chair (2011-2012) and Century Agenda (2008).

Education: B.A., M.A. (Johns Hopkins University), J.D. (Columbia University), Certificate in Administration (University of Washington Foster School of Business).

About Commissioner Creighton: John Creighton has served on the Port of Seattle Commission since 2006. He came to the commission with broad experience as a lawyer who worked on complex international transactions in the port cities of Singapore, Helsinki and Istanbul prior to returning home to Seattle. Creighton was selected by his colleagues to serve as Commission President in 2007, 2008 and 2016, and has served at various times on the audit and strategic planning committees of the Commission.

Creighton advocates increasing the Port's role in supporting family-wage jobs in the region and investing in infrastructure that will bolster our economic vitality. During his tenure, he has been a strong advocate for environmental protection. Creighton worked hard during his first term to bring the business and environmental communities together behind the idea that an economically vibrant port is an environmentally sustainable port, and during his first year as Commission President, the Port set the goal to be “the greenest, cleanest, most energy efficient port in North America.” He also has supported a deep social responsibility ethic at the Port, and has worked to build stronger ties with all of the communities in which the Port operates.

Commissioner Creighton has developed significant expertise in regional transportation and economic policy since becoming a commissioner, and in 2006 he was appointed by Governor Gregoire to the State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board. Since 2010, he has served on the advisory board of Visit Seattle. He has been active in the community as an attorney, past co-president of the Seattle World Trade Club and member of the boards of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s Pathways Initiative, US-Japan Leadership Program and Chief Seattle Council.

Creighton grew up on the Eastside of King County and is a graduate of Interlake High School in Bellevue..



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