John's Resume

Professional Profile

A dedicated, detail-oriented, and collaborative leader with over 20 years of combined professional experience in media relations, political advocacy, policy work, board governance, labor relations and community engagement. I have recently finished policy work on the Port of Seattle’s Energy and Sustainability Committee and Seattle’s Freight Mobility Plan Advisory Board, and currently sit on Seattle’s Industrial Lands Advisory Panel.  I live in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle with my wife and son.


Professional Experience 

Political, Policy, and Media Leadership & Advocacy, ILWU Local 19, Seattle WA2011-present

I work in political advocacy at the local and State level, advancing the common interests of the International Longshoremen Worker’s Union organization on land use, freight transportation, Port of Seattle & Northwest Seaport Alliance policy, environmental issues, and workers’ health and welfare. I am currently the union’s state political director (Puget Sound District Council President), Vice President of Local 19, and Executive Board member. I represent the ILWU on the City of Seattle’s Industrial Land Use Advisory Panel.

Longshore worker, ILWU/PMA, Seattle WA2004-present

My first involvement in marine logistics and long-shoring dates to 1998. I am familiar with container and cruise ship operations, related work practices, and use of specialized shore-based equipment. I have worked at Port of Seattle Terminals 2, 5, 18, 30, 46, 86, 90, and 91 over many years. I have occasionally worked in the Port of Tacoma.  

Seattle Freight Master Plan Advisory Board, City of Seattle/SDOT, Seattle WA2014-2017

My role in representing Georgetown’s neighborhood residents and businesses, located next to the Duwamish MIC, required attention to planning impacts on and knowledge about the community, and its relationship with land use, freight mobility, and the maritime/manufacturing industry. In working with city staff and consultants, I enhanced my comprehensive understanding of freight systems and impacts, especially in relation to Port operations and impacts on residents, and worked with stakeholders to develop solutions for long term planning and growth. The Freight Master Plan is now complete. 

 Waterfront Federal Credit Union Board/Supervisory Committee, Seattle WA2006-2011

My role as chair of the Credit Union supervisory committee and subsequent service on the Board of Directors required attention to detail concerning regulatory compliance, labor relations (staff and CEO), budgeting, and financial controls for the entire $50-million institution.

Other Volunteer & Community Experience:  

I was a Central Co-op member elected trustee for two years from 2001-03. I served in negotiations and as a shop steward in UFCW 1105 in 2000-2002. I have volunteered for various causes and campaigns throughout the years. I was the initiator for Livable Workable Georgetown, a community survey and self-assessment, funded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (2014-15).

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