Petrich to lead Tacoma Port Commission

Port of Tacoma commissioners have named Clare Petrich to lead the 2014 Commission. Petrich, who was first elected to the Commission in November 1995, succeeds Commissioner Don Meyer as president.

Petrich is a small-business owner with ties to Tacoma’s maritime heritage. She is co-founder and chair of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest, and she is deeply involved in maritime heritage research. Petrich serves on the Joint Municipal Action Committee, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, the Youth Marine Foundation, the Flood Control Zone District Committee, the Washington Council on International Trade and the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. She is a past president of the Puget Sound Regional Council‘s Economic Development District Board and continues to serve on the board. She is also a past president and secretary for the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. Petrich is a graduate of Manhattanville College in New York and received her master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She lives in Tacoma.

The Port’s five commissioners serve four-year terms. Officer positions rotate yearly. The 2014 Port of Tacoma Commission includes Petrich, president; Don Johnson, vice president; Connie Bacon, secretary; Dick Marzano, first assistant secretary; and Meyer, second assistant secretary.

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Port of Tacoma Commissioner Clare Petrich. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT OF TACOMA)
Port of Tacoma Commissioner Clare Petrich. (PHOTO COURTESY PORT OF TACOMA)