Port of Vancouver USA


The Port of Vancouver USA has a three-member Board of Commissioners that sets policy and direction, and approves all major expenditures. Their responsibilities include appointing major administrative staff, which includes the CEO, the port auditor and legal counsel. Commissioners are elected to six-year terms of office by the voters in three port districts. Port commission meetings are open to the public and are normally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the administrative office of the Port of Vancouver.

Port Leadership

Julianna Marler
Interim CEO/Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Julianna Marler

Julianna Marler is interim CEO and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Port of Vancouver USA. As Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, her duties include strategic planning and developing port business policies; overall operations and budget responsibility for administration, contracts, IT, finance and ensuring that all activities are performed in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing port operations. She has been with the port since 2008.

Prior to joining the port, Julianna worked at the City of Vancouver for nine years where she served as the procurement services manager. She was responsible for the purchasing, contract administration and accounts payable divisions.

Julianna currently serves on the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.

A native of Vancouver, Julianna received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.

Kent Cash
Chief Operations Officer
Kent Cash

Kent Cash joined the Port of Vancouver in July 2014. He is currently the Chief Operation Officer and is responsible for operations of the Environmental Services, Terminal Operations, Facilities, Security, Project Delivery, Real Estate, Engineering and Safety departments.

Prior to joining the port, Kent served as the Director of Public Works for Cowlitz County for 21 years. His prior work experience also includes seven years as a Project Engineer with Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers.

Kent currently serves on the boards for the National Association of County Engineers, Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE) and serves in a leadership capacity for the Facilities and Budget Committees for the Longview School District as well as several baseball organizations and Kelso Rotary.

In addition to his board experience and community service, Kent has previously received the WSACE Presidents Award and the CE Engineer of the Year.

A native of Vancouver, Kent pursued his education from Fort Vancouver High School to Clark College before finishing his BS in Civil Engineering at Montana State University. In his personal time, Kent enjoys being outdoors, playing sports and supporting his two sons, Grayson and Garrett, both of whom are attending college. Kent and his wife Lori reside in Ridgefield.

Alastair Smith
Chief Marketing/Sales Officer
Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith was appointed Chief of Marketing and Sales Officer in 2014. Alastair previously served as Senior Director of Marketing and Operations since 2003. His responsibilities include planning and implementing short and long range maritime marketing strategies, objectives and programs to promote domestic and international trade; planning and directing the marine cargo development program; and developing and maintaining relationships in order to promote utilization of the port. In addition, he oversees port marine and security operations and personnel.

Alastair has more than 30 years of extensive maritime experience from practical shipboard work to marine terminal operations. He graduated from Dumbarton Academy in Scotland in 1972 and served a four-year apprenticeship with Anchor Line in Glasgow. Alastair also attended Glasgow College of Nautical Studies and sailed for three years as third officer in the navigation department for Anchor Line and Fred Olsen Company, spending a total of six years at sea.

Alastair moved to the United States in December, 1979, as operations assistant in Star Shipping’s San Francisco office. Since then, he served over 23 years at Star Shipping in various capacities including operations manager at Star Shipping’s Long Beach office from 1981 to 1987, and district manager at the Portland office from 1987 to 2002. He was promoted to West Coast Operations Manager in February of 2002. His responsibilities in these positions ranged from contract negotiation and cargo operations to marketing, operations, claims and documentation functions.

During his tenure, Alastair has served on the boards of the Pacific Maritime Sub Steering Committee, the Columbia River Steamship Operators Association, the Maritime Fire and Safety Association, and the Regional Maritime Security Coalition.

Born in Scotland, Alastair has lived in the Portland metropolitan area since 1987.

Ryan Hart
Chief External Affairs Officer
Ryan Hart

Ryan Hart was appointed Chief External Affairs Officer in June 2015. His responsibilities include cultivating relationships with people and organizations at every level of government and overseeing communications, community outreach, governmental affairs and marketing.

Ryan has more than two decades of experience in governmental relations and organizational development. He graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in Organizational Development and Training from Oregon State University.

Community service is very important to Ryan. He currently serves on the boards of Rotary International, Friends of Scouts, and the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife Diane and his three children, fly fishing, hiking, playing the mandolin and cheering on his favorite teams, the Portland Trailblazers and Washington State Cougars.


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