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: Don Johnson | Dick Marzano | John McCarthy | 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.

He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Washington Public Ports Association's Trade & Transportation Committee, Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington State Fair Board, Maritime Innovation Advisory Council for the Washington State Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. He recently served on the Federal Maritime Commission’s Export Innovation Team.

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

Don Johnson, commissioner

Secretary
First elected to commission: 
2007
Current term ends: December 2019

Elected to the commission in 2007, Don Johnson retired as vice president and general manager of Simpson Tacoma Kraft in March 2008. 

Johnson serves on the Goodwill’s Finance Committee. He also serves as chair of the Port of Tacoma Audit Committee. He is a past chair of the Goodwill Foundation Board and the MultiCare Health Care Foundation. He is a previous chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board and 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 Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber CEO and is a member of the Tacoma Transportation Club and Tacoma Propeller Club.

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

Richard Marzano, commissioner

Second assistant secretary
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

First assistant secretary
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 has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1975 and volunteers at Mount Rainier National Park. He is an honorary life member of the Washington Public Ports Association. He also serves on the Pierce County Regional Council and as the Port of Tacoma’s Tribal Liaison. He was the first member of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound’s to be selected to their Alumni Hall of Fame, and he continues to officiate high school football.

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

President
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 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

Vice president
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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