SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle has promoted Mian Rice to the position of Director of Diversity in Contracting. He was in the acting-director role from his prior position as Small Business Program and Policy Manager. The promotion is effective immediately.
“Mian Rice brings over 23 years of public and private sector experience to this position, having managed complex projects in limited time-frames, while delivering results,” said Dave McFadden, Director, Economic Development Division.
Rice’s work history includes time at CH2M Hill, where he supervised public projects overseas, King County, and Seattle; the City of Seattle—where he served in several roles during the Nickels administration—as a Transportation Policy Advisor, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, and the Department of Executive Administration; Turner Construction; and a prior stint at the Port of Seattle as an aviation planner at Sea-Tac International Airport.
“I look forward to improving opportunities for small and WMBE businesses, to promote diversity in Port contracts, and to provide economic equity across the region,” said Mian Rice. “For me, this is the role my work experience has led me to, and it will be an honor to help others succeed.”
The position supervises the Port’s new diversity and contracting initiative that aims to increase to 15 percent the amount of spend on WMBE contracts and triple the utilization of women and minority business suppliers over the next five years. The position will also define and drive broader small and WMBE business development initiatives that create middle class jobs and support Seattle’s working waterfront and Sea-Tac International Airport.
For more information on business and bid opportunities at the Port of Seattle, visit: https://www.portseattle.org/business/bid-opportunities.
About the Port of Seattle
Founded in 1911, the Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Fishermen’s Terminal—home of the North Pacific fishing fleet—and public marinas. The Port also owns two cruise ship terminals, a grain terminal, real estate assets, and marine cargo terminals through its partnership in the Northwest Seaport Alliance. Port operations help support nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 19 years, the port’s “Century Agenda” seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more at www.portseattle.org.