Director, Public Affairs
Patricia Akiyama joined the Port of Seattle in 2010 as the Director of Public Affairs where she leads the community engagement, business and corporate communications, corporate and airport media, government relations, and tourism development teams.
Prior to joining the port, Akiyama was director of government and community relations for Russell Investments, where she had primary responsibility for engaging elected representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the Washington State Legislature. She also oversaw Russell’s corporate sponsorships and charitable grant-making programs.
Before joining Russell in 2008, Akiyama worked with Weyerhaeuser Company as a government and community affairs manager, later becoming director of government affairs for Quadrant Homes, Weyerhaeuser’s Puget Sound real estate subsidiary.
A former chief of staff for U.S. Senator Patty Murray from 1995 to 1999, Akiyama also served as Senator Murray’s press secretary and later as senior staff coordinator for Rep. Frank Chopp when he was co-speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives. She held roles in public information for the Washington State House of Representatives and the Washington State Senate, served as the legislative liaison for the Washington State Department of Trade and Economic Development, and worked for a Seattle public affairs consulting firm.
Akiyama is a member of the Community Development Roundtable and is on the Leadership Tomorrow Board of Directors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications & Film from the University of Oregon. She is an alumnus of the Senior Managers in Government Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Alki Political Involvement Institute; and Leadership Tomorrow.