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Paula Chan Edelstein

Senior Director, Human Resources


Veteran leader of change

Paula is a principled leader, experienced in guiding organizations through large scale changes, building the organizational capabilities and driving culture change.

Experienced human resources strategist

Prior to joining the Port of Seattle, Edelstein was at Weyerhaeuser for 20 years, leading development and implementation of human resources strategy, most recently at the Cellulose Fibers Business, a $2 billion business unit of 2,700 employees.

Skilled leader of diverse workforces

As Senior Director of Human Resources, Edelstein is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Port’s human resources and development functions including Talent Acquisition; Talent Development; Employee Relations; Organizational Development; Diversity; Employee Communications; HR Technology; Compensation, Benefits, Employee Recognition; and Employee Health and Safety.

The position oversees six direct reports and 41.5 employees. The Human Resources department serves approximately 1,800 Port employees.

Harnessing the potential

Edelstein is a proven change leader tasked with harnessing the potential of people and teams, recruiting and retaining high performing employees, and organizational excellence that will be critical to future success in the port’s workforce. She is someone who values diversity and inclusion, and will help enable all employees to develop and perform at their best.


Michigan State University, Masters of Labor Relations and Human Resources
Michigan State University, Bachelors of Economics