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Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new Executive Director

[ August 17, 2018   //   ]

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority (DSPA) has unanimously appointed Deb DeLuca as executive director, effective August 16. She is the first woman to be given the position in the organization’s 60-plus year history.
The search committee reviewed dozens of applications and interviewed a series of highly qualified candidates from across the United States in multiple rounds of a rigorous selection process, explained Tony Sertich, DSPA commissioner and search committee chair.
DeLuca brings decades of public and private sector experience to the job. She has spent the last four years as the Port Authority’s government and environmental affairs director, tracking regulatory issues and legislation for DSPA.
DeLuca currently chairs the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) for the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council, serves on the Executive Committee of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and represents the Port Authority on the Mayor’s Economic Development Coalition. Earlier this year, she was one of just 36 civilians selected to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, a public liaison program of the U.S. Department of Defense.