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Bookda Gheisar

Senior Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | Leadership Team

Bookda.G@portseattle.org

(206) 787-4156

For more than 30 years, Bookda has fought for racial equity and social justice. She is deeply passionate about creating systemic, transformational change, and has a proven track record of grounding her work within communities that are most impacted by racial and economic inequities. Bookda believes that we all have a responsibility to actively repair the harm done to historically oppressed communities, and to do so, we must work collectively to improve opportunities and outcomes for all, while simultaneously addressing the unique needs of different communities. 

Before coming to the Port, Bookda served as a Policy Advisor for King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice. She has also served as the Executive Director of multiple philanthropic organizations, each committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As Senior Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Bookda provides leadership and strategic direction for the Port’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts, both internal and external. She leads a team of racial equity experts to build capacity in departments across the Port and address institutional racism by creating equitable policies, practices, and procedures. Bookda is leading the Port’s efforts to create a culture of inclusivity and belonging, to ensure the fair and intentional distribution of resources and opportunities, and to expand economic development and quality of life for all. 

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology, Utah State University
  • Master’s degree in Social Work and Social Policy, New Mexico Highland University
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