Ralph Graves, former US Army Corps District Engineer for Seattle, recently joined the Port of Seattle as Managing Director, Capital Development. Graves will lead the newly-formed division, overseeing all capital development projects and managing the new Central Procurement Office. His first day at the Port was August 11, 2008.
Earlier this year, Port CEO Tay Yoshitani established the Capital Development Division, centralizing all of the Port’s procurement and construction activities. A performance audit released in late 2007 suggested creation of a Central Procurement Office; Yoshitani created the CPO, but as part of a more robust restructuring effort. The Central Procurement Office was created as part of the new Capital Development Division, and as managing director of the division, Graves will report directly to the CEO.
“One of the Port’s primary tasks is building large infrastructure projects – projects that create jobs and economic growth for King County, the region, and Washington State. It just makes sense to centralize the management of those projects, and to have the person in charge of them report directly to the CEO,” said Yoshitani. “Ralph Graves brings a wealth of experience with him – the right mix of technical and leadership skill. The Port is fortunate to have him on the team, and I look forward to working with him as he takes the reins of this new division.”
Graves served as a member of the US Corps of Engineers for 29 years, serving as Deputy District Engineer in Baltimore and as District Engineer in both Honolulu and Seattle. Upon leaving the Corps of Engineers, he worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, working on the Alaskan Way Viaduct project. Graves graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1974. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UC-Berkeley, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.