SIU Assistant Vice President Bryan Powell recently was re-appointed to his position on the board of directors of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. The Wayne County (Michigan) Commission unanimously approved the four-year appointment (2021-2025) on March 18.
Powell has served on the board since early 2017, and in the capacity of vice chairman since March 13, 2020.
Powell launched his career with the SIU at the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center, attending the apprenticeship program in 1993. He then came ashore in 1999 to work as a union official. Since then, while actively working on organizing and start-up projects nationally, Powell has served in several locations, including Baltimore; Camp Springs, Maryland; Piney Point, Maryland; Houston; Jacksonville, Florida; Wilmington/Los Angeles; Seattle/Tacoma; Oakland, California; Mobile, Alabama; Honolulu; and Algonac/Detroit.
Additionally, Powell is an assistant vice president for the SIU-affiliated Seafarers Entertainment and Allied Trades Union (SEATU). He is active with the Detroit Metro AFL-CIO and Michigan State AFL-CIO, as well as the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.
Powell is a member of the Propeller Club of the United States, the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a master’s degree in business administration with doctoral studies.
The Detroit Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) is a government agency advancing southeast Michigan’s maritime and related industries with the purpose of delivering prosperity and economic benefit to citizens and businesses. For more than 35 years, the DWCPA has worked to bolster the community by being the connection between the maritime industry and the Great Lakes region, raising awareness of the importance of the Port of Detroit and how the cargo and vessel activity generates economic impact for the State of Michigan.
Port Authority Board Members serve four-year terms, without compensation.
For more about the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, go to: www.portdetroit.com