Persak for Port: Community Leadership for Seattle Port Commission


Priorities for the Port of Seattle


1. Transparency  & Accountability

-- Restore faith in our Port by the residents of King County.

-- Move from a CEO to Executive Director structure for Port governance and ensure community involvement in all steps of hiring process. 

-- Increase transparency and accountability to the public and all stakeholders through enhanced notification processes and sufficient time for community input on every major decision.

-- Develop and implement Ethics and Fairness policies with support of community members, particularly for financial integrity, and report out quarterly to the public.


2. Economic Development -- The Port can be a better economic driver for the green energy transition and to ensure our working waterfront benefits all residents of King County.

-- Create more family wage jobs, including by advancing green technologies that will support workers.

-- Highlight and support our fishing fleet and shipbuilders that are unlike any other on the West Coast.

-- Support Career and Technical Education in our schools, and expand apprenticeship utilization.

-- Protect our urban industrial lands, and ensure the clean and efficient movement of freight.

-- Continue to build on the success of the Northwest Seaport Alliance by leveraging this strategic alliance to secure new and better tenants at Elliott Bay terminals.


3.  Equity -- Communities and workers that are impacted by Port operations deserve respectful attention and action.

-- Enhance partnerships between the Port and environmentally impacted communities, including by building on Century Agenda goals through an aggressive carbon-neutral strategy for Port operations that lessens impact to these communities.

-- Prioritize community-led solutions for noise, traffic, and emissions impacts.

-- Respect collective bargaining and treat unions as a core partner and stakeholder in all Port operations and contract negotiations. 

-- Reform Port policies for action on Racial and Social Justice initiatives.


4.  Environmental Sustainability

  • Promote use of renewable fuels at the Port and airport to the maximum extent possible.
  • Promote the use of “shore power” for ships berthed at the Port to eliminate emissions as much as possible.
  • Promote the use of solar power as much as possible on the Port’s vast dock space,
  • Mitigate the impact of the Port and the airport on nearby communities (smoke, exhaust, noise, traffic) as much as possible.