Port names new environmental director

The Port of Tacoma has selected Pam Jenkins as Director of Environmental Programs. In this position, Jenkins leads a nine-person environmental staff that is focused on the Port’s environmental stewardship programs, including construction and monitoring of habitat restoration and improvement projects, cleanup of historic contamination and ensuring that Port operations comply with environmental laws and regulations.

Before joining the Port, Jenkins was Director of Environmental Services for the Washington State Department of Corrections.

“Pam brings the Port broad environmental and technical experience and a remarkable record of successful leadership,” said Lou Paulsen, the Port’s Senior Director of Facilities Development. “In her previous position with the Department of Corrections, she led the Department’s evolution to an environmentally sustainable agency.”

Jenkins’ earlier experience includes work with Science Applications International Corporation (Olympia, Washington) as a Senior Project Manager and with the Washington State Department of Ecology as an Air Quality Engineer and later, as an Environmental Engineer. She was also President of Practical Environmental Solutions, Inc. an Olympia, Washington-based environmental consulting firm.

Jenkins is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of Washington (1984) and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado (1978). In addition, she is an accredited LEED professional (the LEED – “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” – Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings).