About Ryan

Ryan Calkins is a business owner, nonprofit professional and lifelong Democrat active in progressive politics. For over ten years, Ryan ran an import company, working directly with shipping operations at the Port. He now works for Ventures, a nonprofit that supports low-income entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses. Prior to being in business, Ryan worked in Latin America for human rights and disaster relief nonprofits. Ryan and his wife Lindsay, an attorney, live in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood with their three children, the oldest enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Ryan was born and raised in Edmonds.

"Ryan shares my commitment to supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, to fair pay and working conditions for our working families, and to improving our transportation infrastructure. As a leader, he promises to strengthen the relationship between the Port of Seattle and the City of Seattle so that we can make progress on the issues affecting our communities." Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

"Ryan shares my commitment to supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, to fair pay and working conditions for our working families, and to improving our transportation infrastructure. As a leader, he promises to strengthen the relationship between the Port of Seattle and the City of Seattle so that we can make progress on the issues affecting our communities." Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

"Ryan represents new leadership for the Port at a time when improved accountability to voters is sorely needed. He has proposed electing commissioners by district rather than five county-wide seats, which would ensure a more representative commission and help bring people closer to their government. Ryan is an advocate for our environment, for fair wages, and for shared prosperity for all members of our community. I enthusiastically endorse him for the Port Commission, and I hope King County voters will join me." Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez

"Ryan represents new leadership for the Port at a time when improved accountability to voters is sorely needed. He has proposed electing commissioners by district rather than five county-wide seats, which would ensure a more representative commission and help bring people closer to their government. Ryan is an advocate for our environment, for fair wages, and for shared prosperity for all members of our community. I enthusiastically endorse him for the Port Commission, and I hope King County voters will join me." Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez

"The Port of Seattle is a key driver for our regional economy, and Ryan is the kind of thoughtful leader we need at the table as we address issues of affordability and homelessness in our region. His passion for economic equity, environmental justice, and open government make him an excellent candidate for the Port Commission." State Representative Nicole Macri (D-43)

"The Port of Seattle is a key driver for our regional economy, and Ryan is the kind of thoughtful leader we need at the table as we address issues of affordability and homelessness in our region. His passion for economic equity, environmental justice, and open government make him an excellent candidate for the Port Commission." State Representative Nicole Macri (D-43)