Under the direction of our five-member commission, Executive Director Eric Johnson leads the Port of Tacoma. Port departments are organized into six teams to facilitate communication across the organization.
Eric Johnson, Executive Director
Eric Johnson joined the Port of Tacoma as executive director in 2019. He is a native of Pierce County and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and political science from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy and natural resources management from the University of Washington.
Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Johnson served as the executive director of the Washington Public Ports Association.
Johnson is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Port and implementing the goals and strategic direction as set by the Port Commissioners. His duties also include identifying economic development strategies and serving as the Port’s liaison with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
Johnson currently serves on the boards of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB), as well as the EDB’s Executive Committee.