Executive Director

Deb DeLuca

Executive Director

Deborah DeLuca is the Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and the first woman to take the helm of the organization in its 60-plus-year history. She is passionate about the Port Authority's mission: "Bring business to the Port, economic development to the region, and advocate for the maritime and transportation industries and the industrial sector they serve."

DeLuca currently is president of the Minnesota Ports Association, serves on the Executive Committee of APEX, is a Board Member of the Iron Mining Association and the Chamber of Marine Commerce.  She also serves as an Alternate Minnesota Commissioner to the Great Lakes Commission.  She spearheaded a comprehensive study through the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to analyze and benchmark Duluth's industrial economy, focusing on its potential to drive diversified economic growth. 

A graduate of UW-Madison, DeLuca earned a B.S. degree in molecular biology and a master's in land resources. She began her career at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after which she worked with the MPCA, becoming supervisor of its Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) Program. As owner and principal of DeLuca Strategies for 14 years, she provided consulting services to public, private and non-profit sector clients in the arenas of grant-writing, implementation of funding strategies, project management, government relations and public outreach. Before becoming the Executive Director of DSPA, she was the Government and Environmental Affairs Director for four years where she tracked regulatory issues and legislation for DSPA, the Port of Duluth-Superior and the Great Lakes-Seaway System.

She is an outdoors enthusiast and former U.S. National cycling team member. 

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