Chamber President & CEO to co-chair SDOT Director Search Committee

By: Alicia Teel Posted: 08/31/2018

Strickland stresses need for forward-thinking, accountable leadership

Marilyn Strickland, president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, will co-chair the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Search Committee. Strickland said, “Transportation is a priority for the Seattle Metro Chamber and I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to identify someone who can deliver forward-thinking, accountable leadership for SDOT.”

She added, “Seattle’s transportation decisions have an impact throughout our region, and this is a critical role at a critical time.” Next year, the city will enter the “period of maximum constraint” - when several transportation and construction projects converge. The region is also in the midst of light rail expansion. “Through all of this,” Strickland said, “People need to be able to get to work, and goods need to get to market.”

The search committee represents a mix of business, transportation organizations, labor, advocates, and community leaders. Strickland’s co-chair will be Betty Spieth-Croll, who is also the co-chair of the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee. 

The other members of the committee are:

  • Rob Gannon, General Manager, King County Metro 
  • Paula Hammond, Former WSDOT Secretary 
  • Geri Poor, Regional Transportation Manager, Port of Seattle 
  • Rebecca Saldaña, State Senator, 37th Legislative District 
  • Hester Serebrin, Policy Director, Transportation Choices Coalition 
  • Neelima Shah, Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation 
  • Richard Smith, Executive Director, Cascade Bicycle Club 
  • Shaun Van Eyk, Union Representative, Professional & Technical Employees Local 17  
  • Barbara Wright, Former Deputy Director of Environment Health of Public Health - Seattle & King County