Mentorship EDGE Mentor

Tay Yoshitani

Tay Yoshitani

Former CEO
Port of Seattle

Tay Yoshitani served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Seattle, which owns over $6 billion in assets and operates the Seaport, SeaTac International Airport and a real estate portfolio, from March 2007 through October 2014. Prior to this role, he was Senior Advisor for the National Association of Waterfront Employers in Washington DC for 2 years. His 26 years in the maritime port industry includes serving as Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, Executive Director of the Port of Baltimore and the Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. During 2014, he served as Chairman of the Board for the American Association of Port Authorities. Prior to entering the port industry, Tay served in leadership roles in finance, operations and strategic planning at Grand American, Avery International and Castle & Cooke.

Tay is a member of the corporate board of directors at Expeditors International, a global logistics company, and Port Blakely, a privately-held forestry company. In addition, he is on the board of the Eno Center for Transportation, a think tank for public policy on transportation. He is a past Chairman of the Japan America Society of Washington state and has also served on the board of numerous other non-profit organizations, including the Seattle Foundation and YMCA of Eastside in the Bay Area.

Tay is currently a Principal at Integrated Zero Waste, a consulting company engaged in waste-to-energy projects. He is also owner of an expanding restaurant group called Hurry Curry of Tokyo, which has operations in Los Angeles, Seattle and Bellevue.

Tay graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the US Military Academy at West Point. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers for five years, including a tour in Vietnam, and resigned as a Captain. He earned his MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.