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 executive director, sets policy and strategic direction, and approves all major expenditures.  

Leadership

Commissioners: Kristin Ang | Deanna Keller | Dick Marzano | John McCarthy | Don Meyer

Eric Johnson, executive director

Eric Johnson was named the Port’s executive director in June 2019. He sets the organization’s vision in creating a new strategic plan for the Port.

He also serves on the boards of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerceand the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB), as well as the EDB Executive Committee.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Johnson served as the executive director of the Washington Public Ports Association since January 2009. In that role, he represented port district interests to state and federal elected officials, including the Washington legislature and state agencies.

In addition to government relations, he was responsible for numerous specialized seminars and conferences. His duties also included advising Washington’s 75 port districts on issues relating to governance, operations, planning and strategy. 

Johnson joined the Washington Public Ports Association in 1988 as the environmental affairs director, where he developed many of the fundamental environmental laws and policies that are still in place today for ports across the state. He was promoted to deputy director in 2006.

He is a native of Pierce County and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and political science from Pacific Lutheran University. He also has a master’s in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy and natural resources management from the University of Washington.

Kristin Ang, commissioner

Second assistant secretary
First
elected to commission: 2019
Current term ends: December 2023

Kristin Ang is an attorney and currently serves as board president of the City Club of Tacoma.

Raised in Pierce County, Ang holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound and a law degree from Cornell Law School. She also studied international law, business and trade at the University of Hong Kong and Kenneth Wang School of Law.

Deanna Keller, commissioner

First assistant secretary
First elected to commission: 2019
Current term ends: December 2023

Deanna Keller, a native Washingtonian, has lived in Pierce County for most of her life. Keller currently serves as CEO and president of a Kel-Tech Plastics Inc., a manufacturing business in Tacoma, which ships nationally and internationally. She previously worked for 24 years in the Puyallup and Clover Park School Districts as a high school teacher, district program administrator and school principal.

Keller has served on the Goodwill Business Advisory Council and worked with the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County on its “Place for Jobs” initiative. She also served on the board of trustees of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (now Tacoma Arts Live) for eight years. Keller is a member of the Transportation Club of Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the Tacoma Propeller Club, and the Northwest Maritime Trade Association.

A Marine Corps veteran, she served for five years in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. She has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a master’s from Northwestern University.

Richard Marzano, commissioner

Vice president
First elected to commission: 1995
Current term ends: December 2021

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.

John McCarthy, commissioner

President
First elected to commission:
2017
Current term ends: December 2021

A former Pierce County District and Superior Court judge for more than 22 years, John McCarthy recently retired from the bench. He worked as a longshoreman for 10 years and served previously on the Port of Tacoma Commission from 1983 to 1992.

McCarthy serves on the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board and as a Port of Tacoma Tribal Liaison. He also serves on the Tideflats Subarea Plan Steering Committee, the Urban Waters Advisory Board, and the Washington Council on International Trade.

He was the first member of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound’s to be selected to its Alumni Hall of Fame, and he continues to officiate high school football. He is an honorary life member of the Washington Public Ports Association. McCarthy has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1975 and volunteers at Mount Rainier National Park.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in science with a minor in mathematics from Seattle University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

Don Meyer, commissioner

Secretary
First elected to commission:
 
2010
Current term ends: December 2021

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 as president of the Washington Public Ports Association and the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Regional Access Mobility Partnership (RAMP), South King County Transportation Board, University of Washington Tacoma’s Urban Studies Advisory Board and Tacoma Waterfront Association. He is also a member of Fife Milton Edgewood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Club of Tacoma.

He recently 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.

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Core values

  • Integrity 
    Being ethically unyielding and honest; inspiring trust by saying what we mean and matching our behaviors to our words; acting in the public interest and in a manner to maintain public confidence.
  • Customer focus 
    Creating long-term relationships by consistently delivering value; helping customers to become high-performance businesses by understanding their business needs; establishing realistic expectations and meeting commitments.
  • Teamwork 
    Focusing on the success of the entire organization; fully utilizing our collective skills, knowledge and experiences to achieve our goals; encouraging diversity, respect and full participation; being effective collaborators with a broad range of partners in the region; having fun together.
  • Courage 
    Facing challenges with fortitude; setting aside fears and standing by personal principles; extending beyond personal comfort zones to achieve goals; taking responsibility for actions.
  • Competitive spirit 
    Pursuing our goals with energy, drive and the desire to exceed expectations; going the extra mile for our customers and to differentiate ourselves in the market; demonstrating passion and dedication to our mission; constantly improving quality, timeliness and value of our work.
  • Sustainability 
    Focusing on long-term financial viability; valuing the economic well-being of our neighbors; doing business in a way that improves our environment.