The Port of Seattle has been a long-standing client, beginning in 1988 when Margaret managed the public process for the clean-up and redevelopment of Terminal Five on the western channel of the Duwamish River. Once a toxic dump site, T-5 has been transformed into a worldwide shipping hub with numerous public amenities; a lasting result of strong neighborhood involvement in the five-year planning and Environmental Impact Statement process.
Margaret’s work for the seaport led to an additional four years of more public involvement management for a 1991 master plan that included the controversial third runway at Sea-Tac Airport.
In 2003 Margaret facilitated an advisory committee that developed the Fly Quiet program for Sea-Tac, which continues to grow in stature and visibility. Every year since, Port Commissioners have heard glowing reports of the quietest airlines and their numerous accomplishments.
In 2013 Margaret completed public meeting and advisory group facilitation for the Port’s Part 150 noise amelioration program – a three-year process.
In 2015, Margaret facilitated a series of meetings related to the ground transportation system at Sea-Tac. Like other airports throughout the country, Sea-Tac was wrestling with the right mix of taxi, on-demand, limousine and other services, in combination with requests from emerging Transportation Network Companies that hope to benefit from Port contracts. Tensions ran high during this effort, especially as traditional taxi operators asked for equity in relation to regulatory and licensing requirements. The meetings helped Port of Seattle Commissioners make prudent decisions on a revised ground transportation plan.
Margaret has worked for the Port of Olympia — crafting strategic public involvement plans and facilitating public meetings related to military cargo and a new marina fueling dock.
Margaret facilitated a series of focus groups and public meetings for a Port of Edmonds strategic plan.