Veterans Fellowship Program
Pictured from left are: Luis Navarro, Director, Office of Social Responsibility, Rob Porcarelli
Corporate Counsel, Starbucks; Ricardo Martinez, U.S. Navy, Separated; Nicholas McCallon, U.S.
Army, Separated; Tay Yoshitani, former CEO, Port of Seattle, U.S. Army Retired; and Gary Buchanan,
former Director, Port of Seattle Human Resources and Development, U.S. Navy Reserves
About the Veterans Fellowship Program
The Port of Seattle is dedicated to helping military personnel transition from active duty to civilian employment. The port understands the importance of veterans serving their country and it is estimated that nearly 20% of the port's employee base have served in or continue to serve in various forms . The Veterans Fellowship Program provides short-term (six-month) employment that will assist veterans in the following areas.
Previous Veteran Fellows at the Port of Seattle
Read about the experiences of previous Veteran Fellows and their time at the Port of Seattle
VALENTINE SMITH - U.S. ARMY
Transitioning out of the military was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. The members of Human Resources and Development, former Veterans Fellows, and numerous other port employees from inside and outside my department went above and beyond. They helped me see how the knowledge and skills I learned in my military experience translates to success in the civilian sector. So many people gave their time to offer guidance, coaching, and mentorship, helping me feel like a valuable member of the team.
CHRISTOPHER PROST - U.S. Navy
Shortly after beginning my fellowship, I could tell that the Port of Seattle was an organization that understands the unique talents and perspective that veterans can offer. The fellowship helps with the difficult process of transitioning out of the military and provides invaluable assistance in developing personal and professional skills. It also allows a chance to showcase your strengths and make connections while contributing ot the port's operations and missions. I wish all transitioning veterans could have a chance to participate in a program like this.
JESUS CARBAJAL - U.S. ARMY
The Veterans Fellowship Program was a gainful opportunity to use the skills learned in the military and understand how they apply to the rest of the world. Military skills can be difficult to translate and this environment supported that transition. I received a lot of guidance from human resources, fellow veterans and other colleagues that led to my full time employment at the Port.
Dusti BLOOD - U.S. Coast Guard
The Veterans Fellowship Program allowed me to network inside and outside of my department, gain essential knowledge of port business, and forge important relationships. I received genuine support from my supervisor and colleagues, which, along with the tools provided by Human Resources & Development, allowed me to demonstrate leadership, strong work ethics and grow personally and professionally. All these factors led to working full time at the port for a few years before I moved to another respected organization in the area. For all this, I am grateful. Thank you!