The Port of Vancouver USA has a three-member Board of Commissioners that sets policy and direction, and approves all major expenditures. Their responsibilities include appointing major administrative staff, which includes the CEO, the port auditor and legal counsel. Commissioners are elected to six-year terms of office by the voters in three port districts. Port commission meetings are open to the public and are normally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the administrative office of the Port of Vancouver.
Jerry Oliver was elected to the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners in 2007. Mr. Oliver was born and raised in Flint, MI, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. His career includes 20 years in the medical products distribution business as well as seven years in the financial brokerage business. Mr. Oliver also was self-employed for eight years when he worked in mid-market mergers and acquisitions. He retired from business in 2008.
Mr. Oliver currently serves as a delegate for the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA), a member of the Executive Board of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), and as a delegate with the International Air Service Committee.
Mr. Oliver and his wife of more than 50 years, Joan, have two adult daughters and six grandchildren. He is an ardent hunter, fisherman and backpacker and has been active with various conservation organizations and in his church, where he has served in a variety of capacities over the years.
Mr. Oliver is a strong proponent of limited taxation and sustainable economic development. Mr. Oliver represents the Port of Vancouver’s District 3, and his current term expires December 31, 2019.
Don Orange was elected to the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners in 2017. Mr. Orange has owned and operated small businesses nearly all his career, including a regional trucking company that received shipments at the Port of Vancouver.
Mr. Orange is active with the Salmon Creek Kiwanis and Martha’s Pantry Food Bank, and is president of the Battle Ground School District Auto Advisory Council. He is also past president of the Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center.
Mr. Orange and his wife Mary have a son, Alex, who is earning his graduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Utah. When he’s not working, volunteering or serving on the Port of Vancouver’s board, Mr. Orange enjoys visiting our country’s national parks.
Mr. Orange supports sustainable jobs, environmental stewardship and equitable wages and benefits. He represents the Port of Vancouver’s District 1 and his current term expires Dec. 31, 2023.
Eric LaBrant was elected in 2015, underscoring the Port of Vancouver’s strong relationship with the nearby Fruit Valley neighborhood. He has presided over the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association since 2011.
Mr. LaBrant has helped guide development and adoption of a new Strategic Plan and Vision Statement for the Port of Vancouver, Washington, one of Washington’s largest and third oldest public port. He worked with fellow community members on the Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership, and mentors student teams with the Washington State University Vancouver Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program, which guides students in consulting with local businesses.
Mr. LaBrant has worked in accounting and finance since 2003. In addition to his position on the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, he works in finance for a local tech company.
Mr. LaBrant earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University in 2015. A native of the Vancouver/Portland area, he enjoys visiting the Washington coast and hiking with his two children in southwest Washington's rich natural areas. He prioritizes policies that promote equity, environmental stewardship, and Vancouver’s competitive advantages of livability, education and partnership.
Mr. LaBrant represents the Port of Vancouver’s District 2, and his current term expires December 31, 2021.