Bacon to lead 2016 Tacoma Port Commission; Johnson and Petrich sworn in

Port of Tacoma commissioners Thursday named Connie Bacon to lead the 2016 Commission. Commissioners Don Johnson and Clare Petrich also were sworn in following their November re-elections.

Bacon, who was first elected to the Commission in November 1997, succeeds Johnson as president.

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

2015 Port of Tacoma Commission

Connie Bacon, president
Dick Marzano, vice president
Don Meyer, secretary
Clare Petrich, first assistant secretary
Don Johnson, 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 Connie Bacon

Connie Bacon serves as adviser to the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Fuzhou Committee, and is co-founder of Water Partners Tacoma. Bacon also serves on the Center for Urban Waters board and the Port of Tacoma Audit Committee.

A member of the Transportation Club of Tacoma and Tacoma Propeller Club, she is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and member of the advisory board to the Port of Tacoma Endowed Chair at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is an emeritus member of the Northwest Sinfonietta Board of Directors.

She received the World Trade Center Tacoma’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2013, and Bacon and Petrich were co-recipients of the Tacoma Propeller Club’s 2015 Master Mariner Person of the Year award.

Bacon is a former executive director of the World Trade Center Tacoma and served eight years as special assistant to former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a master’s degree from The Evergreen State College.

She lives in Lakewood.

About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound. More than 29,000 jobs are generated by port activity, which also provides $195 million per year in state and local taxes to support education, roads and police and fire protection for our community. As a partner in The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Tacoma is also a major cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska.


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