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​Dave Soike

Chief Operating Officer


Dave Soike, COOExperienced and trusted leader

Soike brings an extraordinary amount of knowledge and deep experience to his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), having worked for the Port of Seattle since 1980. Soike served as Interim Executive Director in 2017 and prior to that, served as COO, acting on a wide range of issues across the Port.

He began his career as a junior engineer in the Port’s Corporate Engineering Department, quickly advancing into positions in Project Management, and both Maritime and Aviation divisions. Prior to serving as COO, Soike provided strong senior leadership to more than 375 employees in Aviation Facilities and Infrastructure, Aviation Maintenance, and the Aviation Building Department and Conference Center.

Strategic planner

Soike has demonstrated a strong track record delivering effective large-scale and complex projects, and the ability to drive new strategic initiatives, such as Lean process improvements, which he brought to the Port. His has managed significant capital improvement projects at Sea-Tac Airport, where he also served as deputy director of aviation and senior operations manager. He has experience in finance, planning, program management, and marketing across the Port’s Maritime, Aviation, and Corporate Divisions.

Skilled leader of a diverse workforce

With a talent for building relationships with a diversity of groups and employees, Soike’s contributions strengthened the Port’s ability to meet our Century Agenda goals and support job creation throughout the region.


The Centers of Expertise for Environment and Sustainability, Strategic Initiatives, Capital Development, as well as Police and Emergency Management reported to Soike in his role as COO. 


University of Washington, Masters in Business Administration
Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering