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Ryan Calkins

Position 1 | Commissioner

(206) 787-3034

Position 1 | Commissioner

Current Term:  January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2021

Current Office:  Vice President

Previous Commission Office:  N/A

Current Port Commission Committee Assignments: Vice President

  • Aviation Committee
  • Biometrics Task Force
  • Equity and Workforce Development Committee
  • Police Accountability Task Force

Northwest Seaport Alliance Work Groups/Committees:

  • Legislative Committee
  • Orca Task Force

Current Outside Board Assignments:

  • Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) Trade Promotion Working Group
  • Joint Advisory Committee (City of SeaTac)
  • Maritime High School (MHS) Advisory Board
  • Puget Sound Gateway Executive Committee
  • Soundside Alliance
  • Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Transportation Policy Board
  • Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) Executive Committee


  • Bachelor's Degree, Religious Studies, Willamette University
  • Master's Degree, International Relations, Yale University

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About Commissioner Calkins

Ryan Calkins was elected to the Port of Seattle Commission in 2017. Ryan works as a nonprofit professional at Ventures, a charitable organization that supports low-income entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in the Puget Sound area. For more than a decade, Ryan ran an import and distribution company in Seattle that was recognized for its industry-leading sustainability initiatives. In 2007, he formed Seattle Microfinance Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs with limited economic resources. Ryan began his career in Central and South America, working for disaster relief and human rights nonprofits.

He received his Master of Arts from Yale University in International Relations and his Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University in Religious Studies. Born and raised in Edmonds by a public school teacher and a small business owner, Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

Commissioner Calkins focuses on sustainable economic development at the Port of Seattle, working to ensure that our region's prosperity is shared among all our communities. Ryan balances current needs with a long-term vision for the Port of Seattle, to ensure that one of our region's most valuable public assets will continue to thrive for generations to come.

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