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Barb Wilson named Port of Seattle Commission's new chief of staff

PORT of Seattle has appointed Barb Wilson as its new chief of staff for its five-member elected body, the Port of Seattle Commission

12 July 2020 - 19:00

PORT of Seattle has appointed Barb Wilson as its new chief of staff for its five-member elected body, the Port of Seattle Commission.

'We are thrilled that Barb Wilson will be joining the Port of Seattle as commission chief of staff. She brings the experience and depth of knowledge we need as we chart a course for relief and economic recovery in these unprecedented times,' said harbour commission president Peter Steinbrueck.



Ms Wilson brings 25 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in Seattle. She worked for 10 years as the executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission, where she was responsible for overall operations and advised city officials on complex urban planning and development issues.



Prior to that, she was a programme manager for National Wildlife Foundation, worked on regional outreach and advocacy initiatives for the Northwest Energy Coalition, Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, and developed field strategies for Hands Off Washington.



Most recently, Ms Wilson was the director of Government Affairs at Vulcan Inc, the investment and project management firm founded by the late Paul G Allen. In this role, she was responsible for local and state government affairs efforts working with Vulcan teams on a broad range of projects, including the company's real estate development, philanthropic policy, and arts and entertainment efforts.



Holder of a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's in political science from University of California, San Diego, Ms Wilson is a long time resident of West Seattle.


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