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Sam Cho

Position 2 | Commissioner

(206) 787-3034

Position 2 | Commissioner

Current Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2027

Current Office: None

Previous Commission Office: Commission President, Commission Secretary

Current Port Commission Committee Assignments:

Northwest Seaport Alliance Work Groups/Committees:

  • Environment
  • Governance

Current Outside Board Assignments:

  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Seattle Partners Board of Directors Executive/Core Council/Foreign Trade Council
  • Greater Seattle Partners Economic Recovery Committee
  • Greater Seattle Partners Global Council
  • Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT)
  • Washington Maritime Blue Ex-Officio
  • Washington State China Relations Council Board Member
  • Washington State China Relations Council Executive Board


  • Bachelor of Arts, The American University
  • Master of Science, The London School of Economics

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About Commissioner Cho

Sam Cho was elected to the Port Commission in 2019 and Commission President in 2023. Cho is the son of immigrants who immigrated from South Korea to the United States through the Port of Seattle in the 80s. He is the youngest and first person of color to become Commission President since the founding of the Port in 1911.

Driven to help shape the economy of the future, Commissioner Cho’s career has spanned from government and emerging startups to established companies in the tech and sustainability space.

Commissioner Cho currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. He also held positions as an analyst at the U.S. Department of State, as a Legislative Assistant to both a Washington State Senator and a member of the United States Congress, and served as a political appointee under President Barack Obama. Prior to his election to the Port, Commissioner Cho was the founder and CEO of Seven Seas Export, an international trading company that exported over 2.5 million pounds of eggs to various countries throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Commissioner Cho earned his Master of Science in International Political Economy from The London School of Economics and his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University.

His priorities as a commissioner include creating economic opportunity, promoting environmental sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and ending human trafficking.

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