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Topic: West Seattle Bridge Project

Heather Marx
SDOT Program Director

Heather Marx has 25 years of experience in transportation, state and local government, and communications. Heather currently serves as the Program Director for the City’s West Seattle Bridge Safety Program. Following the public safety closure of the West Seattle Bridge, Heather was asked to lead the capital delivery, communications, and transportation management and mitigation efforts associated with the loss of SDOT’s most crucial transportation asset. In addition, Heather serves as Seattle Department of Transportation’s Director of Downtown Mobility, guiding SDOT’s approach to ensuring mobility for the traveling public through an unprecedented era of public and private development. The reconfiguration of State Route 99, the end of joint operations in the downtown transit tunnel, the advent of light rail expansion, and a robust development environment demand new ways of getting around. Previously she served as the interim director for the Street Use Division and managed SDOT’s Project and Construction Coordination Office (PCCO).

Prior to her work with the PCCO, she managed Seattle Major Projects at King County Metro Transit and served as the deputy director of SDOT’s Traffic Management division.

She lives in West Seattle with her husband, two sons and an overly affectionate bulldog.    

Lindsay Wolpa
Port of Seattle & NWSA

Lindsay Wolpa has been with the Port of Seattle since 2014, starting as the Policy Manager for the Port Commission. The following year, she moved to the External Relations group, shifting to the local governmental relations role, representing both Port of Seattle and Northwest Seaport Alliance interests with the City of Seattle, tribal governments and other regional agencies. Her responsibilities have since shifted to focus primarily on waterfront projects, working closely with the Port’s Community Engagement and Government Relations teams.

Prior to working for the Port, Lindsay was a public affairs consultant for a local firm and spent two years in Washington D.C. with the Glover Park Group. She began her career in U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s state office. Originally from the Boston area, Lindsay first moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend University of Washington as an undergraduate. She also received her M.P.A at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Lindsay lives in West Seattle with her husband and their 11-month old son, Max.    

 

 

Registration & Event Information:

  • $10 registration is for the TCT’s Scholarship Program and a single entry into a randomized drawing
  • Hosted through Zoom, link provided from TCT Executive Director email
  • Event starts at noon
  • $10 for each additional entry into a randomized drawing to support the TCT’s Scholarship Program
  • Register online, by email, or fill out the registration form

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

Thank you to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

John Wolfe | The Northwest Seaport Alliance

John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA). He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customer-focused culture.

Wolfe also served as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he held from 2010 to 2019. Before being named CEO, he had served as the Port of Tacoma’s deputy executive director since June 2005.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia’s director of operations and marine terminal general manager.

Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal’s operations manager.

He is on the boards of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington State Fair Board, Federal Maritime Commission’s Export Innovation Team and Maritime Innovation Advisory Council for the Department of Commerce. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.   

 

Registration & Event Information:

  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid 3 days prior to the event, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, by email, or fill out the registration form

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

Thank you to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

Future luncheons:

  • March 9th: Darigold
  • April 13th: Foss Maritime

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is excited to welcome the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) Annual Meeting to Tacoma June 12-15. AgTC is the principal voice of agriculture exporters in U.S. transportation policy.

The meeting will be the largest annual gathering of agriculture product shippers who source and deliver to foreign markets. More than 400 people are expected to attend, representing some of the largest agricultural exporters in the country.  Companies include local exporters like Anderson Hay & Grain and Lamb Weston as well as national shippers like Tyson and Cargill.

The event is a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the key issues facing the agriculture and forest products community today. It is also a great opportunity to network with other industry colleagues to discuss best practices and new opportunities to better serve your customers.

The NWSA is sponsoring a boat cruise for conference attendees of the South Harbor terminals on June 12. The AgTC is also coordinating facility tours on Friday June 15 including NWSA terminals.

Historically, this meeting has occurred in San Francisco or Long Beach. The event is being held in Tacoma for the first time. It’s also the first time this group chose to hold this event in the Pacific Northwest instead of the Pacific Southwest.

Find out more about AgTC. Click here to register for the conference.

Questions on article?

Please contact Rod Koon
rkoon@portoftacoma.com


2/6/2018 UPDATE: As discussed at the meeting, the following information is now available:
      – Presentation from today’s luncheon
      – NWSA February 6th meeting agenda with more presentation material
      – NWSA February 6th meeting video


NWSA Clean Truck Program

Please join us on February 12th, 2018 for a discussion led by the Northwest Seaport Alliance about their Clean Truck Program.  From the NWSA’s website:

The Northwest Seaport Alliance harbors represent a small percentage of overall emissions in the region. However, we are committed to cleaner air in the Puget Sound region. The Clean Truck Program is one of the many initiatives the NWSA and ports of Seattle and Tacoma have undertaken to address the air quality and greenhouse gas impacts of our gateway. The NWSA is committed to ensuring we have a sufficient supply of trucks to service the cargo in the terminals.

In 2008, the ports of Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., adopted the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, with a goal to have 100 percent of the drayage trucks serving container terminals with cleaner diesel technology – a 2007 engine with diesel particulate filter or equivalent. In 2010, we achieved the first goal in the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy that all trucks be at least a model year 1994 or newer. Since that goal was set, we have invested more than $15 million in matching grant funds to spur truck conversion and invest in gate infrastructure. More than 410 trucks were scrapped and replaced with new trucks through partnership with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and funding through DERA, CMAQ and Department of Ecology grants.

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2018, NON-COMPLIANT TRUCKS WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO NWSA INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINALS (Pending Managing Member approval)
Until April 1: Trucks must be engine year 1994 or newer.
After April 1: Trucks must be engine year 2007 or newer.

More detailed information can be fount on the NWSA’s website.

Dustin Stoker | NWSA

Dustin Stoker leads alliance operations.  He oversees all port operations, from waterway management and road and rail functions to breakbulk and terminal operations. Stoker’s team is charged with establishing the NWSA’s Operations Service Center to provide best in class service delivery and customer care.

Stoker brings more than 19 years of experience in both domestic and international terminal management. He most recently served as director of operations at the Port of Tacoma since 2013.

Before joining the Port of Tacoma, Stoker served as director of Deltaport at Port Metro Vancouver, B.C., with Terminal Systems, Inc. He also has served as the chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals, and in management positions with APM Terminals at the Port of Salalah, Netherlands, Los Angeles and Tacoma.

Stoker holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management from the University of Washington.

Jason Jordan | NWSA

Jason Jordan was named the Port of Tacoma’s environmental programs director in February of 2011. In July of 2014 he was also asked to lead the Port’s planning group resulting in a new title of Director of Environmental and Planning Services. Prior to the director’s position, he served as an environmental programs senior manager from July 2008 to February 2011. With the formation of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, Jason’s role spans both the Homeport of Tacoma and the Alliance.

Before joining the Port of Tacoma Jason served as an environmental program manager at the Port of Seattle for 2 years and as a land use planner for 2 years. Prior to the Port of Seattle, he worked at the City of Renton and the City of Bainbridge Island, where he focused on current planning, project development, SEPA review, and shoreline development projects.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Washington State University.

Nick Demerice | NWSA

Nick Demerice heads the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s public affairs team. He came to the alliance with more than 10 years of experience in government affairs, most recently as assistant director for external relations at the Washington State Department of Commerce.

In his position, Mr. Demerice oversees the communications and government affairs departments, which handle internal and external communications, local, state and federal government relations and community relations.

Mr. Demerice holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.

 

Registration & Event Information:

Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center
5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
(The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)

11:15 am  Registration/networking
11:45 am  Lunch served

Cost  $25 prepaid, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
** Additional $10 for walk-in members and non-members

Register online, by email, or fill out the registration form

 

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • March 12th
  • April 9th
  • May 14th
  • June 11th
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THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.