PNWA hires Heather Stebbings as Executive Director


PNWA hires Heather Stebbings as Executive Director
The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) has hired Heather Stebbings as Executive
Director. Stebbings’ hire was approved by the PNWA Board of Directors today. Her first day in the
position will be Feb. 15, 2022.
Stebbings has 15 years of advocacy and public policy experience for the Pacific Northwest maritime
community, including 13 years directing communications and government relations for PNWA. She joins
the association from member Shaver Transportation, where she has served as Marine Services &
Government Liaison since 2020.
“Heather is a proven, well-rounded leader with deep experience and relationships in our industry, across
the Northwest, and in Washington, D.C.,” said Glen Squires, Washington Grain Commission CEO and
PNWA Board President. “We are pleased to welcome her back to the PNWA team and are enthusiastic
about her leadership and the continued success of the association.”
Stebbings holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She has
served with multiple regional transportation and public policy groups, including current positions on
committees for the City of Portland, the Portland Business Alliance and Oregon Business and Industry.
Stebbings replaces outgoing Executive Director Kristin Meira, who served with PNWA for 20 years, the
last 10 as Executive Director. Meira has joined PNWA member American Cruise Lines as its Director of
Government Affairs, Pacific Northwest. Meira’s last day with PNWA is Feb. 17.
“Kristin has served this association faithfully for many years, growing our membership by 50%,
expanding our connections, and steadily advocating for our members and communities,” said Squires.
“Her impact can be felt across PNWA and the Pacific Northwest. We are grateful for her leadership and
wish her all the best, and we look forward to continuing to work with her as the PNWA contact for
American Cruise Lines.”