Goods Keynote: Kurt Beckett

Kurt Beckett is the deputy CEO leading operations. He oversees the organization’s internal operations, including port operational efficiencies, port infrastructure development, external affairs, finance and administration, human resources and legal.

Prior to joining the NWSA, Beckett served two years as deputy CEO of the Port of Seattle with management duties including capital development, police, public affairs and the office of social responsibility. He joined the Port of Seattle in November 2007 as the external affairs director and in 2010 was promoted to chief of staff.

As chief of staff, he led successful efforts to strengthen organizational performance and managed strategic issues and port-wide initiatives for the CEO and executive team. As external affairs director, he oversaw public affairs, government relations, tourism and regional transportation, as well as worked closely with the port’s five elected commissioners.

Prior to joining the port, Beckett served as chief of staff for Sen. Maria Cantwell from 2004 to 2007, and as her deputy chief of staff from 2001 to 2004. From 1991 to 2000, he worked for Rep. Norm Dicks, including serving as district director for all 6th District operations.

Beckett has served on a number of policy committees and panels in Washington state, King County and the Puget Sound region. His successful track record with issues management crosses a broad range of industries, including international trade, aerospace and maritime, natural resources, economic development and clean energy.

He has a master of business administration and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.


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