Petrich to lead 2014 Tacoma Port Commission

Port of Tacoma commissioners have named Clare Petrich to lead the 2014 Commission. Petrich, who was first elected to the Commission in November 1995, succeeds Commissioner Don Meyer as president.

The Port’s five commissioners serve four-year terms. Officer positions rotate yearly.

2014 Port of Tacoma Commission
Clare Petrich, president
Don Johnson, vice president
Connie Bacon, secretary
Dick Marzano, first assistant secretary
Don Meyer, second assistant secretary

Commission meetings and study sessions are open to the public. They are held in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center at 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings also are available for viewing live and on demand from the Port's website at

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

Petrich serves on the Joint Municipal Action Committee, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the Youth Marine Foundation, the Flood Control Zone District Committee, the Washington Council on International Trade and the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. 

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

Petrich is a graduate of Manhattanville College in New York and received her master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

She lives in Tacoma.

About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks.

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