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Commission Task Force on Policing and Civil Rights

On July 14, 2020, the Port of Seattle Commission passed motion 2020-15 establishing a Task Force on Port Policing and Civil Rights. The Task Force was charged with conducting a comprehensive assessment of the Port Police Department’s policies, protocols, and procedures with an intentional emphasis on issues of racial equity and civil rights. The goal of the assessment is to ensure alignment with the highest national standards and best practices related to policing. The Port can lead by example by embracing a thorough review of Port Police practices, protocols, and internal processes, and by acting swiftly and meaningfully in identifying and acting upon areas for improvement.

The assessment was conducted by 21CP Solutions (21CP). 21CP is a consulting firm whose members were integral in the creation of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing which was created to strengthen collaboration between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. 21CP worked with the Task Force and subcommittees to complete the comprehensive assessment of the Port of Seattle’s Police Department.

The assessment and final recommendations were presented to the Commission on September 14, 2021. Please see milestones and all materials, including the final Assessment Executive Summary and Recommendations, on the Port Police Department Assessment webpage.

The Task Force is comprised of subject matter experts and stakeholders both internal and external to the Port of Seattle. 

Task Force Members 

1. Marin Burnett  Port of Seattle, Strategic Initiatives, Strategic Planning Manager  
2.  Ryan Calkins Port of Seattle Commissioner Biography
3. Milton Ellis  Port of Seattle, Labor Relations, Labor Relations Manager  
4.  Bookda Gheisar, Co-Chair Port of Seattle, Senior Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Biography
5.  Sean Gillebo  Port of Seattle Police Department, Commander Biography
6.   Monisha Harrell  Equal Rights Washington, Chair   
7.  John Hayes  Seattle Police Department, Captain  
8.  Deborah Jacobs Independent Consultant Biography
9.  Jesse Johnson Washington State Representative   
10. Anne Levinson  Retired Judge, Deputy Mayor, and police accountability Oversight Auditor  
11. Sofía Mayo Port of Seattle, Central Procurement Office, Senior Manager Service Agreements  
12. Sam Pailca Microsoft, Associate General Counsel, Office of Legal Compliance; Board  Member of ACLU Washington  
13. Eric Schinfeld  Port of Seattle, External Affairs, Senior Manager, Federal and 
International Government Relations 
14.  Ericka Singh Port of Seattle Human Resources, Talent Acquisition Manager Biography
15.  Peter Steinbrueck Port of Seattle Commission President Biography
16.  Jessica Sullivan REI, Corporate Security and Emergency Manager; retired Captain, King 
County Sheriff's Office
17.  Veronica Valdez Port of Seattle, Commission Office, Commission Specialist Biography
18.  Delmas Whittaker, Co-Chair  Port of Seattle, Senior Manager of Fishing Vessel Services; President of the Port’s chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG)  
19.  Michelle Woodrow Teamsters, Local 117, President and Executive Director Biography
20.  Shaunie Wheeler Teamsters, Local 117, Political and Legislative Director, Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28  




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