Friday, March 8, 2013

New Seattle Port Commissioner Named

Microsoft attorney Courtney Gregoire has been chosen to fill the seat on the Port of Seattle Commission that was vacated earlier this year by Gael Tarleton, who was elected to the Washington House of Representatives.

With Microsoft, Gregoire supports the firm’s worldwide sales group. She joins the port after serving as the director of President Obama’s National Export Initiative and other high-profile work to support economic development.

She also previously served as deputy chief of staff to Commerce Secretary John Bryson and legislative director to Sen. Maria Cantwell. She has degrees from Harvard Law School and Willamette University.

“Courtney brings unparalleled accomplishments and relationships that will advance the port’s mission to create family-wage jobs by growing trade. We’re excited to welcome her to our team,” Commission President Tom Albro said.

The Commission will soon begin a second public process to fill the seat of Rob Holland, who’s resigning from the Commission effective March 15. A decision on the seat is expected to be completed in late April or early May.

The port says finalists not chosen for Tarleton’s position will be automatically considered for the second position unless a finalist chooses to end their candidacy. Any of the applicants for the first vacancy will also be considered if the candidate advises the Commission Office of continuing interest.

The Commission is accepting applications for Holland’s seat until noon on March 22. Application packets are available on the Commission website at

On March 26, the new applicants will be asked to address the Commissioners for three minutes or submit a written statement. Returning applicants may address the Commissioners if they so choose, but an appearance is not necessary.

Both seats will be on the November ballot, with the election for Holland’s position filling the seat for four years. The winner in the race for Tarleton’s seat would serve until 2015.