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Fred Felleman

Position 5 | Commissioner

(206) 787-3034

Position 5 | Commissioner

Current Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

Current Office: Vice President

Previous Commission Office: Assistant Secretary, Commissioner-at-Large

Managing Member, Northwest Seaport Alliance

Current Port Commission Committee Assignments:

  • Energy and Sustainability Committee

Current Outside Board Assignments:

  • Highline Forum
  • Joint Advisory Committee (with The City of SeaTac)
  • Maritime Blue Innovation Advisory Council
  • King County Cities Climate Collaborative (KAC)
  • Puget Sound Partnership Ecosystem Coordination Board
  • Port of Seattle Tribal Liaison
  • Washington Public Ports Association — Board of Trustees (WPPA)


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

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About Commissioner Felleman:

Commissioner Felleman has been a conservation leader protecting the Pacific Northwest’s marine environment through research, photography, and advocacy for over three decades. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington where he studied the feeding ecology of Southern Resident killer whales.  

Fred recognizes his primary obligation to protect industrial lands from encroachment in order for the Port to provide the broad-based economic opportunities that have supported the cultural fabric of the region. He also understands the importance of the Port being a good neighbor in order to retain the social license for businesses to succeed which requires a trained workforce that can afford to live in an increasingly expensive region that has grown detached from the working waterfront. He has long recognized the importance of sustainable fisheries and the need to work with those who depend on the marine environment to advance its long-term health.

Fred is acutely aware of the nexus between environmental protection and social equity. He has led efforts to reduce the Port’s carbon footprint by installing solar arrays on Port buildings and advancing the use of sustainable aviation fuels. He has also worked with cab and drayage truck drivers to minimize the impacts of environmental challenges as well as with communities neighboring the airport and Duwamish River.

Ultimately Fred is committed to elevating the profile of the Port so the public can better appreciate the diverse economic opportunities the Port offers the region.

Fred grew up in New York and has lived in Ballard since 1990 where he raised his son and continues to stay close to the briny source of his motivation for public service.

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