Dominic Barrera, a University of Washington graduate and lifelong South King County resident, began working in port operations as an agent for Alaska Airlines in 2012. In this time, Sea-Tac has seen massive growth with no signs of slowing. With years of experience in a safety-sensitive, frontline position, Dominic has developed a deep operational understanding and hands-on perspective rarely seen on the Seattle Port Commission. He is a proud member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local 2202 and serves as a union shop steward, elected by approximately 700 peers at the Sea-Tac station to represent them, ensuring contract compliance and appropriate conduct between company management and union employees.
In 2015, the voters of White Center and Boulevard Park elected Dominic to the North Highline Fire District (NHFD) Commission. Since taking office, he and his two fellow commissioners have been laser-focused on restoring public trust and financial stability after mismanagement by previous leadership. Early in his term, Dominic’s commitment to having candid conversations with NHFD firefighters led to station improvements increasing workplace safety. Dominic also carved out a policy niche, representing King County’s legislative interests at the Washington Fire Commissioners Association and serving as a liaison to the state legislature. His work in Olympia played a critical role in rewriting a bill that would have placed an inequitable burden on many low-income tax payers in his district.
In 2018, Dominic and his fellow commissioners developed an ambitious joint operation plan with neighboring District 2 that has increased efficiency and service for the district. But in the process, they discovered unintended double taxation in state law that would have applied to their innovative plan. Again, with a commitment to doing right by his constituents, Dominic got to work in Olympia and helped shepherd a bill through the legislature to solve the problem.
As a private citizen, Dominic was part of a successful grassroots campaign to save an environmentally critical wetland that feeds into the Duwamish River from industrial development. The effort was led by Cass Turnbull, the late founder of PlantAmnesty and TreePAC. In 2017, Dominic was selected to lead PlantAmnesty as the nonprofit’s next executive director. In his time with PlantAmnesty, he has helped the organization reach a more diverse audience by offering a new class series in a working-class area and expanding Spanish-language resources, improved organizational infrastructure through policy and procedure implementation and digital modernization, and successfully advocated for the preservation of exceptional and heritage trees in Seattle.
Dominic and his fiancé, Andrea, live in Boulevard Park, an unincorporated urban community along the Duwamish Waterway, just south of Seattle city limits, directly under Sea-Tac’s northern flight path, and within earshot of the industrial district’s seaport. In the seven years he has lived there, Dominic has been a tireless advocate for his neighbors and their often overlooked and underserved community.
He and his two sisters grew up in Federal Way, the children of an aircraft mechanic-turned-maintenance auditor and a public school educator. With his father’s airline career, and family in Mexico, Japan, and the Olympic Peninsula, Dominic was raised in a multiethnic, multicultural environment with a unique understanding of diversity, global networks, and a deep connection to our region’s natural environment.