Kurt brings nearly two decades of experience in high-level organizational strategy, management, operations, marketing, and public affairs to Strategies 360. His ability to bring multiple interests together to solve complex problems stems from his personal philosophy: to tackle the hard issues, you must collectively have the will, trust and focus to get the win.
Most recently, Kurt served as Deputy CEO of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, a first-of-its-kind in North America marine cargo operating partnership, which he helped broker while serving as Deputy CEO of the Port of Seattle. His work was instrumental in pulling together the complex moving parts of two major Port systems, resulting in the successful Alliance partnership.
Prior to the NWSA, Beckett held various roles with the Port of Seattle, leading to his post as Deputy CEO. Throughout his time at the Port, Beckett worked on internal and external affairs, including overseeing the organization’s government, communications and community relations, infrastructure development, police, tourism and office of social responsibility. During his tenure there, Beckett helped shape strategic initiatives to make the Port more efficient, transparent and sustainable.
Kurt also brings a respected background in Washington state politics, having served as District Director for Congressman Norm Dicks and Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the U.S. Senate office operations, including building organizational infrastructure to set up operations across seven offices while implementing the Senator’s strategic agendas. He also helped oversee the Senator’s successful re-election campaign in 2006.
Kurt commits time to public service, sitting on several boards including the University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters board and the University of Washington Center for Supply Chain, Transportation & Logistics Advisory Board. He also serves on the Washington State Maritime Blue board, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and the International Association of Ports & Harbors Climate & Energy Committee.