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Huxley College of the Environment Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Mark Reis, managing director, Sea-Tac Airport

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Mark Reis, Huxley College of the Environment Distinguished Alumnus recipient

Mark Reis (’75, Environmental Education) is the managing director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the 15th busiest passenger airport in the nation, providing service to more than 33 million passengers in 2012. A good-sized city could be filled with the number of passengers who come through Sea-Tac on an average day.

Reis has also been instrumental in Sea-Tac’s progress toward sustainability, from employing the herd of goats to munch through invasive plants and manicure the airport lawn, to the radar, lasers and pyrotechnics to keep birds out of the flight path. Sea-Tac was recently named Most Progressive Airport by PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals).

After Western, Reis worked in Washington, D.C., as an environmental lobbyist, focusing on energy issues. He later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has worked for the Port of Seattle since 1988.

Today, he is vice-chair of Airports Council International – North America, a member of the founding board for Aviation High School in the Highline School District, and a member of Huxley College’s advisory committee.