Katy Brooks, Board Vice-Chair
Community Planning & Outreach Manager
Port of Vancouver, USA
Katy Brooks has worked in the port and transportation industry since 1990. Her career has included experience in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, working on environmental and transportation policy and public communications. She has been active in public policy development for surface transportation, maritime shipping, aviation and industrial development.
Much of Katy's career has focused on the nexus between the environment and transportation, including developing public policy and communications for surface, air and water permitting, mitigation and remediation. She recently participated in the Columbia River Clean Diesel Project, a multi-participant diesel emission reduction project chartered by the Washington State Governor Gregoire, and Oregon Governor Kulongoski . Project participants include the ports of Vancouver Washington and Portland Oregon, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Washington Department of Ecology, and several surface and maritime industry representatives.
Prior to coming to the Port of Vancouver, Katy was a consultant for port, state and city organizations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Katy spent 10 years with the Port of Portland, managing its public affairs department, and has also worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation, where she managed communications and public outreach for the 1997 Interstate 5 Bridge Repair Project.
Katy is a leader in freight mobility in the Southwest Washington and Oregon region. She recently organized "Economy in Motion", a seminar for regional business leaders, elected officials and key public agency staff to discuss public policy on goods movement and the economy. She organized a freight alliance in Southwest Washington that represents freight interests in transportation planning, and serves on several committees for the Columbia River Crossing Project, which will construct a new Interstate 5 crossing between Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington.
Out of the public sector, Katy is co-owner of two environmental contracting businesses that focus on energy efficiency in homes and buildings, radon mitigation and contaminated soil removal.
A native of the northwest, Katy graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BA in communications and pursued graduate work in communications at Portland State University.