Port of Anacortes Commission selects Brett Greenwood for Executive Director position

May 14, 2024 | News


May 14, 2024


Lindsey Herrick, Human Resources Manager


Port of Anacortes Commission selects Brett Greenwood for Executive Director position

ANACORTES, WA – The Port of Anacortes Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during a Special Commission meeting May 13 to select Brett Greenwood as the Port’s next Executive Director.

Port staff will submit an employment agreement to Mr. Greenwood for his consideration. The details of his employment package must be negotiated and approved by the Commission in an open public meeting.

“We’re excited to offer Mr. Greenwood the position of Executive Director for the Port of Anacortes,” said Commission President Jon Ronngren. “His demonstrated leadership and public agency experience, including experience working with elected boards and managing public funding and projects, stood out to us. We are confident he can hit the ground running, and we look forward to working with Mr. Greenwood to continue advancing the Port’s mission in our community.”

Starting his career in the US Coast Guard, Mr. Greenwood transitioned to school district administration to focus on raising his family. He has honed his leadership skills over the last 20 years as his career grew with the Ferndale and Bellingham school districts. Mr. Greenwood currently serves as the Executive Director of Business, Operations and Technology with the Sedro-Woolley School District, where he has been for the last 12 years. In that position, he has oversight of the budget, staffing, operations, real estate, legal matters, security, capital projects, and long-term planning.

Mr. Greenwood holds a Master’s in Organizational/Business Leadership from Gonzaga University. He actively participates in local Rotary and Lions clubs and has enjoyed collaboration with local public and business organizations.

Recruitment background

In late January the Port of Anacortes Board of Commissioners directed staff to establish a robust recruitment process that would identify top-tier candidates with the necessary qualifications. These qualifications included dynamic leadership, relationship building, and strategic thinking.

The Port hired Turner HR Services in February to assist with a thoughtful and thorough nationwide recruitment for its next Executive Director. Recruitment opened March 15 and the Port received more than 65 applications. Port senior staff and Turner HR performed screening interviews in April. Through two in-depth rounds of screening, they narrowed the field to two candidates. Both candidates participated in a comprehensive on-site interview process May 7 and 8, which included:

  • A reception with Port business partners, including the Marina Advisory Committee, marine trades and Port tenants
  • A public open house with over 50 community members in attendance
  • Panel interviews with Port partners, including the Chamber of Commerce, City of Anacortes Mayor, EDASC, ILWU and Northwest Marine Trades Association
  • A Port tour with senior leadership
  • An all-staff luncheon and Q&A
  • Interviews with the Commission

The Port solicited feedback from all groups involved in the selection process. This input was reviewed by the Commission in public session on May 9.

For detailed information about the position and the recruitment process, visit the Port’s website and follow the Port on Facebook @portofanacortes.


The Port of Anacortes was formed in 1926 to promote economic development for Anacortes and the surrounding area. The Port district is led by a board of five elected Commissioners: Bonnie Bowers, Jon Petrich, Kathy Pittis, Jon Ronngren, and Shawn Ottenbreit. Public meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Port Administrative Office, 317 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA. For more information, visit www.portofanacortes.com.