Organization

The Port is an independent municipal corporation that operates under Title 53 of the Revised Code of Washington and is classified as a special purpose district.

The Port is a member of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership with the Port of Seattle. Under a port development authority, the ports manage the container, breakbulk, auto and some bulk terminals in the Seattle and Tacoma harbors.

Five commissioners are elected to four-year terms by the citizens of Pierce County to serve as the Port's board of directors. The commission hires the CEO, sets policy and strategic direction, and approves all major expenditures.  

Leadership

Commissioners: Connie Bacon | Don Johnson | Dick Marzano | Don Meyer | Clare Petrich

John Wolfe, chief executive officer

John Wolfe was named the Port's chief executive officer in June 2010. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and oversees a staff of about 250.

Wolfe also serves as the CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. 

Before being named CEO, Wolfe had served as the deputy executive director of the Port since June 2005.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, he served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia's director of operations and marine terminal general manager.

Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal's operations manager.

A native of Puyallup, Wash., Wolfe earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 1987.

Connie Bacon, commissioner

Second assistant secretary
First elected to commission: 
1997
Current term ends: December 2017

Connie Bacon serves as advisor to the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Fuzhou Committee and is co-founder of Water Partners Tacoma. Bacon also serves on the Urban Waters Board and the Port of Tacoma Audit Committee.

A member of the Transportation Club of Tacoma and Tacoma Propeller Club, she is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and member of the advisory board to the Port of Tacoma Endowed Chair at the University of Washington Tacoma. She serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's Washington State Advisory Committee. Bacon is an emeritus member of the Northwest Sinfonietta Board of Directors.

She received the World Trade Center Tacoma's Lifetime Achievement award in 2013, and Bacon and Commissioner Clare Petrich were co-recipients of the Tacoma Propeller Club's 2015 Master Mariner Person of the Year award. 

Bacon is a former executive director of the World Trade Center Tacoma and served eight years as special assistant to former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree from The Evergreen State College.

Don Johnson, commissioner

First assistant secretary
First elected to commission: 
2007
Current term ends: December 2019

Elected to the commission in 2007, Don Johnson is the former vice president and general manager of Simpson Tacoma Kraft, a leading Tacoma pulp and paper producer.

Johnson serves on the boards of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board and the Goodwill’s Finance Committee. He chairs the Goodwill Board and is the past chair of the MultiCare Health Care Foundation. He also serves as chair of the Port of Tacoma Audit Committee.

He is a previous chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board. He also is the former chair of the University of Washington Business School Advisory Board, the United Way of Pierce County Board and the United Way’s Annual Campaign. He chaired the search committee for the CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and is a member of the Transportation Club of Tacoma and Tacoma Propeller Club.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

​Richard Marzano, commissioner

President
First elected to commission: 
1995
Current term ends: December 2017

A Tacoma longshore worker for more than 36 years, Dick Marzano served as president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 for six years.

Marzano is the co-chair of the State Route 167 Completion Coalition and serves on the Washington Public Ports Association's Board of Trustees, Puget Sound Regional Council's Executive Board, Pierce County Sheriff's Office Executive Advisory Board and the Valley Cities Association Board. He has served on WPPA's six-member executive committee.

He is a former member of the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, appointed by former Washington Govs. Gary Locke and Chris Gregoire.

Marzano is also a member of the Tacoma Propeller Club, Transportation Club of Tacoma, and a former board member of the Foss Waterway Development Authority and St. Leo's Hospitality Kitchen.

Don Meyer, commissioner

Vice president
First elected to commission:
 
2010
Current term ends: December 2017

Don Meyer is the former executive director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority and a former deputy executive director of the Port of Tacoma.

Meyer currently serves on the Pierce County Regional Council, South King County Transportation Board, Tacoma Waterfront Association and Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. He is a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Fife/Milton/Edgewood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Club of Tacoma.

He served on former Gov. Christine Gregoire’s Connecting Washington Task Force on transportation issues, is a member of Tacoma Rotary #8 and owns a small business in Pierce County.

Born and raised on a South Dakota farm, Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.

Clare Petrich, commissioner

Secretary
First elected to commission:
 1995
Current term ends: December 2019

Clare Petrich is a small business owner with strong ties to Tacoma’s maritime heritage. She is co-founder and former chair of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest, an advisor to Tacoma Community Boat Builders and deeply involved in maritime heritage research.

Petrich serves on the Joint Municipal Action Committee, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the Youth Marine Foundation, the Flood Control Zone District Committee and the Washington Council on International Trade. She was recently elected to the boards of Sister Cities International and the Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation.

She is a past president of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development District Board and continues to serve on this board. She is also board secretary for the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

Petrich and Commissioner Connie Bacon were co-recipients of the Tacoma Propeller Club's 2015 Master Mariner Person of the Year award, and she received the Seattle Propeller Club's 2015 Public Official of the Year award with Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. 

Petrich graduated from Manhattanville College in New York and received her master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum. 

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