Port announces strategic reorganization, promotions

The Port of Grays Harbor announced a restructuring of the organization, along with promotions in several departments.

The changes will position the Port for future growth and create new opportunities for employment throughout Port facilities, according to a Port statement on July 21.

“The business and functions of the Port have grown and continue to change as we adapt to today’s business and regulatory environment,” said Port Executive Director Gary Nelson. “I am incredibly proud of our team here at the Port of Grays Harbor and confident these organizational changes and promotions will suit us well in serving our community and ensuring future growth.”

Public Affairs Manager Kayla Dunlap has been promoted to Director of Government and Public Affairs. Dunlap has been with the Port since 2009, serving as the Public Affairs Manager since 2013. She oversees the Port’s communications and government relations functions, and is directly responsible for communicating with federal, state, and local officials as the Port partners with them on critical infrastructure development projects.

Alissa Shay has been promoted to General Manager of the Satsop Business Park. She has been with the Port since 2013, and in addition to leading the business development efforts of the park, Shay is responsible for all aspects of the operations and performance at the facility.

Information Technology Manager Chris Hunt has been promoted to Director of Information Technology. Hunt has been with the Port since 2015 and is responsible for all Port facilities’ technology needs.

Molly Bold has been promoted to General Manager of the Westport Marina. With the Port since 2017, Bold oversees the business operations and development of the Westport Marina and uplands. She will serve as lead as the Port works to design and implement improvements to modernize the marina floats and their configuration.

As the Port continues to implement and partner on infrastructure investments, projects will include consideration of environmental, economic, and social impacts, as well as engineering. To reflect this change, Randy Lewis will be the Director of Health, Safety & Environment.

Through the end of the year, the Port will also be looking to hire an on-staff Port Engineer, Contract Administrator, and Marine Terminal Security Superintendent.