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Fred Felleman

Position 5 | Commissioner

(206) 787-3034

Position 5 | Commissioner

Current Term: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2023. Initial term 2016

Current Office: N/A

Previous Commission Office: President, Vice President, Assistant Secretary, and Commissioner-at-Large

Managing Member, Northwest Seaport Alliance

Current Port Commission Committee Assignments:

Northwest Seaport Alliance Work Groups/Committees:

  • Orca Taskforce
  • Tribal Liaison
  • Governance

Current Outside Board Assignments:

  • Maritime Blue
  • Maritime Washington National Heritage Area (MWNHA) Steering Committee
  • Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board
  • Puget Sound Partnership Ecosystem Coordination Board (attends)
  • Visit Seattle Advisory Board
  • West Seattle Bridge


  • Master of Science, University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan

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About Commissioner Felleman

Fred Felleman has been a leader in the advancement of marine conservation and maritime safety in the Pacific Northwest for over three decades. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and his Masters of Science from the University of Washington where he studied the feeding ecology of Southern Resident killer whales.

Fred has long recognized that to maintain a healthy marine environment, it is critical to work with all those dependent on it. As the sole proprietor of WAVE Consulting, his clients have included local and tribal governments, fishing groups, as well as national marine conservation organizations.

Shortly after being elected to the Seattle Port Commission in 2015, Fred founded the Energy and Sustainability Committee. He has led the Port’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint to include expanding the use of shore power by ships, installing solar arrays on Port buildings, and advancing the use of sustainable aviation fuels.

He is keenly aware of the nexus between environmental protection and social equity. He serves as the commission tribal liaison and has worked with cab and drayage truck drivers to increase environmental standards while minimizing economic impacts. He is committed to helping assure the airport and seaport are good neighbors to retain the region’s quality of life and social license to protect industrial lands - critical to creating inclusive economic opportunities. Increasing public awareness of the need to advance innovation in order to protect the environment and create the jobs of the future underscore much of his work.

Fred arrived in Washington in 1980. He raised his son in Ballard where he can remain close to the briny source of motivation for public service and his wife Amy.

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