Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Port of Olympia Names Environmental Director

By Mark Edward Nero

Rachael Jamison has been named to the role of director of environmental programs for Port of Olympia and takes over the job on May 2, according to the port’s executive director, Ed Galligan.
She replaces former environmental programs director Alexandra Smith who left the port near the start of the year. Barb Tope, who has been with the port since 2012, has served as acting environmental director since Jan. 8.

“The port received many excellent applications for this position,” Galligan said. “And while the competition was close, we found Rachael to be the best fit for the Port of Olympia. We are looking forward to having Rachael on the port’s leadership team and working with her to continue to build upon and broaden the port’s commitment to environmental stewardship throughout Thurston County.”

Jamison most recently worked at the Weyerhaeuser Co. as manager of sustainable forestry. Previously, she was executive policy analyst for the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, and earlier, was the green building program lead at the Washington Dept. of Ecology.

“Jamison brings the port a strong background in environmental management, policy and sustainability, as well as strong relationships with leaders in these fields on the state and federal levels,” the port said in a March 31 statement announcing the hire.

Jamison earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Environmental Studies degrees from The Evergreen State College in Olympia.