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Port of Everett Seeks New Chief Financial Officer, Taps Eric Russell for Chief of Project Delivery Role

Date: Jul 29, 2022

The Port of Everett is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position to effectively manage the Port’s $89 million operating and capital budget, while also serving as the Port Commission appointed Auditor and Treasurer.

Eric Russell Mug - Copy (2)This position recently became available after the current CFO, Eric Russell, was selected to serve as the Port’s Chief of Project Delivery – a new role ensuring the timely delivery of the Port’s robust portfolio of key initiatives that bring new economic opportunities and jobs to the Port District. This is a re-structuring of the previous Chief of Business Development role that remained unfilled.

The Port is now seeking qualified candidates with a strategic, forward-thinking approach to fill the CFO role, overseeing all financial, purchasing, IT and risk management functions of the Port. Learn more and apply at

In Russell’s new role, he will be responsible for ensuring delivery of the Port’s key strategic initiatives, including oversight and management of the Phase II Waterfront Place infrastructure work and business transactions, the adaptive reuse of the former Kimberly-Clark warehouse and future business development opportunities, among other economic development efforts.

“As we continue to grow and tackle multi-faceted initiatives and projects that span our working and recreational waterfronts, it has become evident that we need the right person to shepherd these efforts to ensure we meet our timelines and customer expectations,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “With his combined real estate and finance background, Eric has the right skillset to oversee the Port’s growing portfolio of work.”

Russell joined the Port in 1996, spending 11 years here, first as senior accountant and information services manager, and later as the director of properties and development. During this time, Russel was influential in setting the framework to create the Waterfront Place development being built out today, securing the deal that is now converting the former Biringer Farm into Blue Heron Slough – a wetland conservation bank to support salmon recovery – and helping prepare the Riverside Business Park for development. He went on to spend 10 years in finance at Vulcan Inc. where he worked on a variety of issues, including new business ventures, real estate development and financial planning. He returned to the Port as CFO in 2019.

For more information, contact Catherine Soper, Port of Everett Communications & Marketing Director, at


About the Port of Everett

The Port of Everett is a special purpose district tasked with economic development. Through operation of international shipping terminals, the largest public marina on the West Coast and real estate development ventures, the Port of Everett supports nearly 40,000 jobs in the region and contributes $433 million to state and local taxes. The Port strives to bring jobs, business, and tourism opportunities to its local and surrounding communities, and is committed to enhancing, restoring and preserving the overall environmental health of the waterfront. Port properties provide numerous public access and recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors to enjoy, supporting a vibrant balanced waterfront. The Port continues to invest in key strategic Initiatives including Seaport Modernization and Expansion to enhance the movement of commerce and grow family-wage jobs at the working waterfront, as well as creating a new waterfront community where people can live, work and play at Waterfront Place and investing in light-industrial opportunities to support new jobs centers. Learn more @