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.  


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

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

Deanna Keller is a native Washingtonian and longtime Pierce County resident. Keller is a Marine Corps veteran who served for five years in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and worked toward a doctorate degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Keller was the co-owner of Kel-Tech Plastics Inc., a Tacoma-based custom plastics fabricator and served as its CEO and president from 2008 to 2020. Prior to Kel-Tech, she held a variety of positions over her 24-year career with the Puyallup and Clover Park School Districts, including high school teacher, district program administrator and school principal.

Keller has been active as a business advisor for Tacoma School District’s middle school STEM program and worked with the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County on its “Place for Jobs” initiative. She served on the board of trustees of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (now Tacoma Arts Live) for eight years. She participates as a member of the Transportation Club of Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, Tacoma Propeller Club, Gig Harbor North Rotary and the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Keller is focused on economic development and recovery working to ensure that there is equal access and training for career, family-wage jobs in Pierce County. As a former business owner, she is committed to responsible environmental stewardship practices that exceed regulatory standards. A collaborative leader, she has been working closely with other local and state governmental agencies to maximize multiple agency resources.

Richard Marzano, commissioner

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 chair of the Port of Tacoma Audit Committee and the co-chair of the Puget Sound Gateway Executive Committee. He also serves on the Washington Public Ports Association's Board of Trustees, Puget Sound Regional Council's Executive Board, and Pierce County Sheriff's Office Executive Advisory 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

Second assistant secretary
First elected to commission:
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

Vice president 
First elected to commission: 
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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