Port of Anacortes invites community to meet executive director candidates during May 7 open house

May 3, 2024 | News


May 3, 2024



Lindsey Herrick, Human Resources Manager

 Port of Anacortes invites community to meet executive director candidates during May 7 open house

Brett Greenwood and Erin Williams are finalists for position

ANACORTES, WA – The Port of Anacortes is moving forward with the process to find its next executive director and has selected two finalists—Brett Greenwood and Erin Williams—to continue to on-site interviews next week.

The Port invites all community members to meet Mr. Greenwood and Ms. Williams during a public open house on Tuesday, May 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. The open house will be hosted at the Seafarers’ Memorial Building, located at 601 Seafarers Way in Anacortes.

Brett Greenwood

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. As the executive director, he has oversight of the budget, staffing, operations, real estate, legal matters, security, capital projects, and long-term planning. He holds a Master’s in Organizational/Business Leadership from Gonzaga University. Mr. Greenwood also actively participates in local Rotary and Lions clubs and has also enjoyed collaboration with local public and business organizations.

Erin Williams

A seasoned leader with 26 years in the US Coast Guard, Ms. Williams has commanded maritime missions across the Indo-Pacific region, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, focusing on port security, shipping compliance, and defense readiness. She has also led marine safety, waterways, and environmental protection operations in Alaska, the Great Lakes, and Southern California, working closely with port partners, industry stakeholders, and tribal leaders to maintain the integrity of the US Marine Transportation System. Ms. Williams has served as liaison to the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, and is a military professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has also led projects with the International Maritime Organization’s Women in Maritime Program and the Coast Guard Women Leadership Initiative’s non-profit affinity group and continues to stay engaged with both communities. Ms. Williams is on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.

Recruitment background

The Port hired Turner HR Services in February to assist with a thoughtful and thorough 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 and narrowed the field to two candidates. The position remains open until filled.

Visit the Port’s website for detailed information about the position, along with application materials and instructions.

Follow the process at www.portofanacortes.com and 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 Transit Shed, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA. For more information, visit www.portofanacortes.com.