Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Two New Commissioners Join Port of Portland

By Mark Edward Nero

On Oct. 14, the nine-person Port of Portland Commission welcomed new commissioners, Alice Cuprill-Comas and Gary Young, both of whom were nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate.

Cuprill-Comas of Portland is a transactional lawyer and is currently legal counsel at Oregon Health & Science University. A member of the Oregon, Washington and Texas State bars, she was in private practice for more than 15 years, most recently as a partner at Ater, Wynne, LLC in Portland.

She has also served as general counsel to Prometheus Energy Co., an alternative fuels company with international operations headquartered in Seattle.

Young is a native Oregonian and has lived in the Portland area all his life. Since 2013, he has been the business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 4,400-member local. He is directly involved in contract negotiations, health and welfare and pension trusts, as well as being politically active on behalf of the membership he serves in regards to legislation that affects wages, hours and working conditions.

Young and his wife, Carla, live in Boring.

Cuprill-Comas replaces Commissioner Paul Rosenbaum, who was the Commission’s vice president, and is CEO and board chairman of SWR Corp. Young replaces Commissioner Bruce Holte, a longshoreman and member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Rosenbaum and Holte were both termed out earlier this year after two four-year terms on the board.