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Port of Seattle hires senior director of public affairs

Julie Collins
Port of Seattle ceo Ted J. Fick appointed Julie Collins as senior director of public affairs, a job including government relations, community outreach, strategic communications and airport public relations.

In addition, she will serve as a member of the executive team supporting the executive office and commission and will report directly to the ceo.

'Julie brings deep knowledge of ports, elected officials throughout the state, and a proven ability to lead dynamic teams,' Fick said. He cited her long background at the Port of Tacoma as making her qualified for public affairs work at the Port of Seattle.

As chief external affairs officer at the Port of Tacoma, Collins had oversight of government affairs, communications and community relations and also served on the executive team. Additionally, she serves on the executive due diligence team to develop the Seaport Alliance.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma in 1998, Collins worked as district director for US Rep. Jennifer Dunn and US Rep. Rod Chandler and also was Chandler’s senior legislative assistant in Washington, DC.

Her local experience includes issues management for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and event planning/fundraising at Columbia Resource Group.