Jan 07, 2021
Diahann Howard, Executive Director Port of Benton
Overview of the Port of Benton and its strategic activities planned for 2021

Diahann Howard was named the Port’s executive director December 2019.  She has served as the Tri-Cities Research District as its Executive Director since 2007, Richland Rotary president (2017-2018) and was named Rotarian of the year (2011-2012). October 2018, she appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Advisory Board. September 2019.  Howard was awarded a Professional Port Manager (PPM®) certification from the American Association of Ports Authorities.

Previous to the Port’s Executive Directors position, she served as the Port of Benton’s director of economic development and governmental affairs. Prior to joining the Port in 2006, she was the economic development manager at the City of Richland.

She is on the board of the United Way, Visit Tri-Cities, Eastern Washington University President Advisory Board, as well as various others.  During her last fourteen years at the Port her activities have resulted in over $15.3 million of grant and legislative funding; examples include $5m to support the Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities, $5.4m to complete Delta High School, $2.2m and $1.5m for rail bridge improvements. 

Howard is a Tri-Cities native and holds her Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from Eastern Washington University. She is the first female to hold the Port of Benton executive director position and the first executive director with Latina heritage among the 75 port districts within Washington State.