Meet Kristin

About Me

I grew up in Pierce County. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Business Administration, I studied international law and business in China. Living abroad opened my eyes to the unique beauty of the Puget Sound, that economic and environmental wellbeing go hand in hand.

I love our community and want to protect the things that make the Pacific Northwest a special place to live, while moving forward into the future. I volunteer providing pro bono legal services and currently serve as President of the City Club of Tacoma.

Pierce County is our home. So, when the world’s largest methanol plant was to be built at the Port of Tacoma, I was stunned. The plant would have used billions of gallons of our water per year and increased pollution here, simply to help China manufacture more plastic. Other two methanol plants were being built in places called, “Cancer Alley, Louisiana.” Pierce County can have a better vision. Thankfully public outcry stopped the methanol project. This signaled to me that changes needed to happen at the Port. That the Port of Tacoma needed a long-term comprehensive public engagement plan and a strategic economic development plan.

The Port of Tacoma has incredible potential to bring economic development, environmental sustainability and family wages jobs to Pierce County. To fulfill its potential, the Port must modernize and collaborate with our community including our educational institutions, local governments, and the Puyallup Tribe. The Port must keep moving forward from its toxic legacy of superfund sites, which has cost hundreds of millions in cleanup costs and lost economic opportunity. To thrive in the 21st century, we must integrate environmental sustainability and innovation with our economic development.

I am running to serve as your Port Commissioner and represent your voices. As the “economic engine” of Pierce County, decisions made by the Port Commission significantly affect all of us. When it comes to major decisions affecting our region’s identity and economy, the People must be made aware, properly informed and consulted. Let the People have a say with what happens with public lands and public money.

These are the years that will define us. The decisions made today will determine our region’s destiny. As the Port embarks on the next 100 years, I welcome you the People of Pierce County to help decide who we are and shape the vision of our future.

Experience & Education

I’m currently a business Attorney. My previous experience includes working with the Clean Energy Group and the US Commercial Service in Hong Kong where I helped US companies enter the Chinese market. China/Hong Kong is the Port of Tacoma’s top trading partner.

  • J.D., Cornell Law School
    • University of Hong Kong and Kenneth Wang School of Law with focus on international law, business and trade.
    • Seymour Herzog Prize
  • B.A. Business Administration, University of Puget Sound
    • 1 st Prize, Y Paul Huo Global Strategic Planning
    • Piano Performance Scholar
  • Bellarmine Preparatory High School, Tacoma
  • Harbor Heights Elementary, Gig Harbor