Port of Seattle Board Gets New Commission President, 1st of Color

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For the first time in its 111-year history, the Port of Seattle’s Commission will be led by a person of color with the selection of Sam Cho as president of the port commission on Jan 10.

“I am honored and humbled to begin my term as Port of Seattle Commission president,” said Cho, who is also the commission’s youngest-ever president.

“Thanks to the work of this commission, the port staff, major stakeholders and everyday community members, we are making real progress on making your port more efficient, sustainable, and a greater source of economic opportunity,” he continued. “I look forward to continuing our momentum in this work during my presidency.”

The port commission also selected Toshiko Hasegawa as its vice president, the first female Asian vice president.

“The new slate of officers for 2023 comes at a time when the port is scaling up all of this work in response to increased regional need,” the port said, adding that its 2023-2027 five-year capital plan is biggest in its history, with funds for upgrading maritime and airport facilities and growing economic development and sustainability efforts throughout the region and the state.

By Karen Robes Meeks