Lisa Lefeber. Courtesy Port of Everett.

Lisa Lefeber will become the first female CEO in the 100-year history of the Port of Everett effective Oct. 16 after a unanimous 3-0 vote by the commission.

Lefeber, who earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University, joined the Port of Everett in 2005 as its Chief of Policy and Communications after a career as a news reporter.

At the Port, she managed the Port’s communication and government affairs program for 13 years before leading a $100 million infrastructure investment in the Port’s seaport modernization efforts to allow access to larger ships and increase train volumes. In 2018, Lefeber served as the acting CEO while sitting Port CEO, Les Reardanz, was away for military duties.

Reardanz announced in July that he will be leaving the Port to move back to Bellingham to focus on his aging parents and expanded military responsibilities.

“While I’m saddened to leave the Port and our incredible team at such an exciting time, I have full confidence that Lisa is the right person for this job,” Reardanz said. “She has all the skills and more than enough passion to push this economic enterprise to its fullest potential to the benefit of our community and region.”

Port of Everett, established in 1918, manages eight shipping terminals, supporting goods with export value of nearly $30 billion annually. According to the Port, the organization contributes 35,000 jobs and $373 million in state and local tax revenue.