John Creighton is a business lawyer who practiced on the east coast and overseas prior to returning to his home in the Northwest. John was elected to the Seattle Port Commission in November 2005, and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Commission President for two consecutive years (2007-2008). John has also served on the audit and strategic planning committees of the Port Commission.
As commissioner, John has focused on keeping the Port strong as a jobs creation engine while increasing the agency’s commitment to the environment and making it a more accountable, socially responsible public agency.
Before becoming a commissioner, John worked as a lawyer specializing in complex international transactions in the port cities of Singapore, Helsinki and Istanbul prior to returning home and establishing his own practice.
Deep Roots in East King County
John grew up on the Eastside and graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue. His father, who worked thirty years in the timber industry, taught him a deep love of the outdoors: John grew up hiking the trails of the Cascade and Olympic mountains, skiing in Snoqualmie Pass and fishing local waters. John continues to live in Bellevue, with his extended family spread across East King County.
Advancing More Effective Government
As a lawyer and local small business owner, John knows how difficult it is to make payroll with all levels of government looking to levy taxes and fees. As your port commissioner, John has advanced reform measures at the Port leading to better oversight of taxpayer funds, including implementation of a Commission audit committee and an independent internal audit program, better controls and procedures on capital projects and posting Commission expenses online.
Champion for Freight Mobility and an Efficient Statewide Transportation System
John understands that the Port of Seattle is important to the entire state’s economy, from Boeing shipping airplane parts to customers across the globe, to Eastern Washington farmers and Western Washington seafood processors delivering products to international markets. He has been a strong champion for improvements in our transportation system all across Washington State.
In 2006, John was appointed by Governor Gregoire to the State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, where he has overseen investment in important transportation projects from Bellingham to Kent to Yakima. He also serves as chair of the State Route 509 Corridor Completion Committee, a critical project for economic growth in South King County. From 2006 to 2012, he served on the Transportation Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Experienced Travel and Tourism Professional
Over 70% of the jobs and economic activity generated by the Port of Seattle comes from the operations of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and its tenants. Last year, the travel and tourism sector generated over $17 billion in economic activity for our state.
John understands what an essential economic engine the airport is to our regional economy. Much of John’s legal practice was focused on travel and tourism clients, including international air carriers and major hotel chains. John serves on the advisory board of Visit Seattle (Seattle’s convention and visitors bureau), and previously served on the board of the Economic Development Council for Seattle and King County.