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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:  N/A

Previous Commission Office:  N/A

Current Port Commission Committee Assignments:

  • Energy and Sustainability

Current Outside Board Assignments:

  • Economic Development Council Board and Executive Committee (formerly enterprise Seattle)
  • Economic Development District Board (PSRC)
  • Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB)
  • Highline Forum
  • Joint Advisory Committee (SeaTac)
  • Seattle Regional Partnership
  • Trade Development Alliance
  • Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT)
  • Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC)


  • 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.

Prior to his work in business, Ryan worked in Central and South America for disaster relief and human rights nonprofits. Commissioner Calkins focuses on sustainable economic development at the Port of Seattle, working to ensure that our region's prosperity is shared among all of 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.

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.

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