OUR TEAM

PNWA staff are working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, but will respond to phone and email inquiries as quickly as possible.

Heather Stebbings, Executive Director

As PNWA’s Executive Director, Heather Stebbings leads the association’s work with Congress, federal agencies and regional decision makers on transportation, trade, energy and environmental policies and projects. PNWA’s membership includes over 150 public ports, transportation providers, agriculture and forest products producers, public utilities, manufacturers, labor groups and others in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Stebbings has 16 years of advocacy and public policy experience for the Pacific Northwest maritime community, including 13 years directing communications and government relations for PNWA. She has also spent time working with the Port of Vancouver USA and Shaver Transportation Company on both communications and government relations efforts. Stebbings has a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Connecticut, and has lived in the Northwest since 2000. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon with her two children, Charles and Sylvie.

Dena Horton

Dena Horton, Government Relations Director

Dena Horton joined the PNWA team in September 2019. She brings significant federal and regional experience and a deep knowledge of the issues and projects in PNWA’s portfolio, having served as Senator Maria Cantwell’s Southwest Washington Outreach Director for over five years. Horton was also a project manager for over seven years for PNWA member Normandeau Associates, and served as a district representative for former Congressman Brian Baird for over four years. Horton earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University, and completed master’s degree coursework in Public Affairs at Washington State University – Vancouver. She is also a General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award Recipient, graduate of Leadership Clark County, and has a long record of volunteer service in her community. Horton lives in Vancouver, Wash. She enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and cooking and she is a proud cat mom and Packers fan!

Randi BesserRandi Besser, Office Manager

Randi Besser joined PNWA in January 2019. She assists the PNWA membership and staff, plans PNWA events, and manages bookkeeping. She has extensive administrative and event planning experience. Besser graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Elementary Education. She is the proud mom of two sons and makes her home in Portland, Ore.