The governor of each state appoints six members of the agency's Board of Commissioners, subject to state senate approval. Commissioners serve as public officials without pay for overlapping six-year terms. The governors retain the right to veto the actions of the Commissioners from his or her own state. Board meetings are public.
An Executive Director, appointed by the Board of Commissioners, is responsible for managing the operation of the Port Authority in a manner consistent with the agency's policies, as established by the Board.
The Port Authority undertakes projects and activities in accordance with the Port Compact in 1921, and amendatory and supplemental legislation.