Never compromise on integrity, New York, New Jersey port official says

Profiles in Power highlights public officials nationwide who are improving their communities through their dedication, enthusiasm, creativity, and experience.

This week’s profile is Joann Spirito, deputy director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Public career highlights: After spending several years in private sector project management within the construction industry, I made the leap to public service in 2009. Since joining the public sector, I’ve used my experience in the construction industry to champion streamlining processes, using innovative delivery methods, boosting communications and enhancing transparency during project delivery. 

What I like best about public service: The opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of employees, individuals, stakeholders and communities while always striving to do the right thing.  Public service allows me to contribute to the greater good, address societal challenges and work on projects that have a lasting impact. 

The best advice I’ve received: Always stay true to my values and never compromise on integrity. This guidance has been a cornerstone in my career, reminding me that success is not just about achieving goals but also about how I achieve them.

People might be interested to know that: Initially trained in hospital administration, I pivoted into construction and procurement, relying on hands-on experience over traditional education. This shift has shaped my success, equipping me with practical skills, refining interpersonal abilities through collaboration and enhancing adaptability in a dynamic environment.

One thing I wish more people knew about the Port Authority: We are deeply committed to the success of our customers, stakeholders, projects and community. Beyond our role in moving people and goods efficiently, we prioritize providing technical assistance and support to ensure smooth operations and sustainable growth. Our dedication extends beyond logistics; we genuinely care about fostering a thriving environment where employees, customers, businesses and individuals can grow and flourish.

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