Chief of Staff
Kurt Beckett was named deputy CEO of the Port of Seattle in May 2013 with primary responsibilities for port infrastructure development and internal operations. He joined the port in November 2007 as the external affairs director and in 2010 was promoted to chief of staff. As chief of staff he served as a member of the executive team, led successful efforts to strengthen organizational performance and handled several strategic issues at the port. As external affairs director he oversaw public affairs, government relations and regional transportation, and managed the overall business agenda for the port’s five elected commissioners, among other responsibilities.
Prior to joining the port, Beckett served as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell from 2004-2007, and as her deputy chief of staff from 2001-2004. In that position he built the organizational infrastructure, developed and executed the Senator’s strategic agenda, and helped secure her re-election in 2006. From 1991 to 2000, Beckett served as district director for Congressman Norm Dicks, directing all Sixth District operations.
Beckett serves on a number of policy committees and panels in King County and the Puget Sound region. His successful track record with issue management crosses a broad range of industries, including international trade, aerospace and maritime, natural resources economic development and clean energy.
Beckett has a master of business administration and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.