Executive Director

The executive director is responsible for the day-to-day operations and ongoing management of the Port’s enterprises and facilities. The executive director leads all departments, including: He/She directs the development of goals, objectives, business plans, budgets and programs for all business units and departments. He/She also develops and maintains positive relationships with tenants, customers, labor unions and community groups. The executive director oversees the Port’s operating budget and supports and directs the staff at the Port.

The executive director reports to the three-member Port Commission serving as the board of directors. Each commissioner represents a district within Thurston County and serves a four-year term.

News Release, December 21, 2018

Port of Olympia Appoints Sam Gibboney as Executi

ve Director

Sam Gibboney
The Port of Olympia Commission is proud to announce the appointment of Sam Gibboney as its new Executive Director. Gibboney brings years of executive experience in community development, public works and environmental leadership to her new role. Most recently, Gibboney was Executive Director of the Port of Port Townsend where she provided strategic and operational management of an 18-acre ship yard, three marinas, an international general aviation airport and a campus of historical buildings.  (Read on...)