New Seattle Port commissioner
at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland
Stephanie Bowman, a former Port of Tacoma public affairs manager, will fill the last vacancy on the Port of Seattle commission. The other four commissioners unanimously selected her this afternoon from a field of seven finalists. Commission President Tom Albro said Bowman fits well with "our core mission," mentioning job development as one aspect of the port's work. Bowman is now executive director of the Washington Asset Building Coalition, which seeks to help low- and middle-income people develop their financial skills and futures. Makes sense even in a particularly strong field of finalists. But the port has a lot of ground to make up after recent troubles, including the resignation of Bowman's predecessor Rob Holland amid questions about favoritism for campaign donors and his use of a port credit card.