Friday, February 5, 2021

NWSA Has New Co-chairs

Port of Tacoma president Dick Marzano and Port of Seattle Commission president Fred Felleman are this year’s co-chairs of the board of Managing Members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance. They take over for former Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbruck and former Port of Tacoma Commission President John McCarthy.

Both possess longtime maritime experience. Marzano was a Tacoma longshore worker for 52 years, including six years as president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23, before retiring. He became a commissioner in 1995, serving as a member of Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board and past president of the Washington Public Ports Association Board of Trustees.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Co-Chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance,” Marzano said. “As our nation recovers from the global pandemic, our gateway plays a critical role as an economic driver for our region. Working with my fellow commissioners, we will remain focused on growing family wage jobs by expanding services to our customers and increasing capacity through infrastructure development while supporting our local communities.”

Felleman, who was also elected in 2015, is on the Board of Maritime Blue and the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board and the founding Chair of the Port’s Energy and Sustainability Committee.

“Having been part of the Managing Members since the formation of the Alliance, I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as Co-Chair,” said Felleman. “I’m committed to maximizing the public benefits of the Alliance by advancing innovation and collaboration to enable it to manage its impacts on the community and environment as it grows the economy. The Alliance is strategically positioned to help create sustainable jobs of the future and provide opportunities for businesses to meet their goals as they increasingly seek cost-effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint.”