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Catherine Soper
Public Affairs Manager

Connie Niva to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Everett's Port Commission

Post Date:11/30/2005

Everett, Wash. - For the first time since the 1990s, Everett's Port Commission has a change in leadership.

With 24-year incumbent Jim Shaffer retiring at the end of the year, newly elected Commissioner Connie Niva will have big shoes to fill. But if anyone was up for the task -- it's Niva, said John Mohr, executive director for the Port of Everett. Niva earned approximately 70 percent of the vote for this position.

"Connie will be a tremendous asset to the Port," Mohr said, citing the lengthy list of public offices she has held over the years. "She has the passion, knowledge and practical experience to keep the Port of Everett moving in the right direction."

Niva, who lives in Port District 2 and is an Everett native, said she is committed to enhance the economic vitality of the community by bringing jobs, business and tourism to the port. Recreational opportunities and public access are also top on her list of things to do. Despite her determination to keep Everett and the Port moving forward, Niva is also very mindful of the environment.

"Port's operate in a dynamic environment, so it is especially important to keep the public informed and to be responsive to citizen's comments," Niva said. "One of the ways to do this is by creating a transparent government so taxpayers can see how their money is being spent. It is also important as a public agency to be accountable to their constituents."

Niva's public service is far reaching. She served on the Everett City Council from 1986 to 1990, she was a Washington State Transportation Commissioner from 1993 to 2004, and served as chair from 1997 to 2001. She is currently co-chair of the Snohomish County Executive's Economic Development Cabinet and member of the Board of Regents for Washington State University. These experiences have provided Niva with a vast knowledge of governmental affairs, transportation issues, economic development and environmental policies.

"She is a quick study and is committed to knowing everything she can about the topic she is involved in," Mohr said. "She is also very well connected and respected in the political community, and I look forward to working with her for the next six years."

Niva is married to Jud Marquardt, a partner at LMN Architects, and has four grown children.

For more information about Niva, please contact Lisa Mandt, Community Relations Representative at 425-388-0617 or by e-mail.

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