Downtown Bellingham PArtnership

Who We Are

 
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We beliEve in our community, we love our city

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the vibrancy and growth of our downtown.  Everything we do is rooted in the idea that our community - Downtown Bellingham - is a place unlike anywhere else.  We work to enhance, promote, and advocate for a vibrant city center through development, promotion, support, and celebration.

     
     

    Our MISSION:

    We champion the health and vitality of downtown Bellingham through the promotion of commerce, culture, and celebration. 

    Our VISION:

    Bursting with creative vitality and authentic charm, downtown Bellingham is a thriving, healthy community where people from all walks of life can experience a wealth of opportunities to work, shop, learn and play.

     
     
    Our work is guided not just by principle, but also by passion. Downtown is our home.
    — Alice Clark, Executive Director
     
    Downtown Bellingham is truly a unique place, and you realize that with every person you meet and place you visit.
    — Casey Diggs, Board President
     

    Our Team

     

    Some of our community's greatest advocates call the Downtown Bellingham Partnership home.  Get to know both the people behind the organization and why they make our team as vibrant as our city.

     
    Alice Clark Executive Director alice@downtownbellingham.com Downtown is truly the heart of the city to Alice, and she is thrilled to be a part of and support its emerging revitalization.  Excited by the opportunities that this renewal of the city presents, she is committed to ensuring that the growth now taking place reflects the values of the community. She believes co-creating a city is not only possible – it's necessary.   Born and raised in St. Louis, Alice moved to Bellingham in 1980, witnessing a variety of changes from the building of the Bellis Fair Mall to the closing of the G-P paper mill. Using her degree in Graphic Design from Western Washington University, she helped found the Pickford Film Center, later leading the organization through a $3.25 million campaign and opening the new PFC on Bay Street in 2012.  Due to the years working at the Pickford as well as her service on a variety of community boards, Alice is familiar with the people, places, potential and concerns of downtown Bellingham. Since coming on board in 2016, Alice has been busy focusing on the community's desire for an increased focus on economic development and addressing the challenges that are impacting downtown's health and vitality.   

    Alice Clark
    Executive Director
    alice@downtownbellingham.com

    Downtown is truly the heart of the city to Alice, and she is thrilled to be a part of and support its emerging revitalization.  Excited by the opportunities that this renewal of the city presents, she is committed to ensuring that the growth now taking place reflects the values of the community. She believes co-creating a city is not only possible – it's necessary.  

    Born and raised in St. Louis, Alice moved to Bellingham in 1980, witnessing a variety of changes from the building of the Bellis Fair Mall to the closing of the G-P paper mill. Using her degree in Graphic Design from Western Washington University, she helped found the Pickford Film Center, later leading the organization through a $3.25 million campaign and opening the new PFC on Bay Street in 2012. 

    Due to the years working at the Pickford as well as her service on a variety of community boards, Alice is familiar with the people, places, potential and concerns of downtown Bellingham. Since coming on board in 2016, Alice has been busy focusing on the community's desire for an increased focus on economic development and addressing the challenges that are impacting downtown's health and vitality.   

    Lindsey Payne Johnstone Events Director lindsey@downtownbellingham.com The year 2008 was a big year for Lindsey and Downtown Bellingham's story. Not only did she graduate from Western Washington University, having spent her last quarter as an intern for the Partnership, she also started her two jobs as our Events Director as well as a bartender at Bayou on Bay.  Lindsey's love for the downtown community and its unique identity is a constant fuel for her passion for our events, as she believes they help to maintain our culture. When asked what her favorite part of her job was, Lindsey responded "engaging our community by throwing huge parties!" When not working, you can find Lindsey spending time with her family and friends celebrating music, wine, and popcorn.

    Lindsey Payne Johnstone
    Events Director
    lindsey@downtownbellingham.com

    The year 2008 was a big year for Lindsey and Downtown Bellingham's story. Not only did she graduate from Western Washington University, having spent her last quarter as an intern for the Partnership, she also started her two jobs as our Events Director as well as a bartender at Bayou on Bay. 

    Lindsey's love for the downtown community and its unique identity is a constant fuel for her passion for our events, as she believes they help to maintain our culture. When asked what her favorite part of her job was, Lindsey responded "engaging our community by throwing huge parties!" When not working, you can find Lindsey spending time with her family and friends celebrating music, wine, and popcorn.

    Mason Luvera Communications Director mason@downtownbellingham.com Mason's philosophy is simple; look from the ground-up, the inside-out and outside-in.  That's why he manages all communications and branding for the Partnership, and serves as a key liaison between the City of Bellingham, Tourism, local businesses and organizations.  IE: he thinks Bellingham is awesome and that more people need to think that too.   Professionally, Mason has worked for communications-centered agencies on both the east and west coasts, and served as a communications director in higher education.  Beyond downtown, Mason sits on the Bellingham International Airport advisory board and is the communications co-chair for the Western Washington University Alumni Board of Directors. Mason calls Bellingham home, but when he's not in the Northwest, you might find him exploring a rustbelt city, searching for a great article or cooking with friends in his adopted home-city of Philadelphia.

    Mason Luvera
    Communications Director
    mason@downtownbellingham.com

    Mason's philosophy is simple; look from the ground-up, the inside-out and outside-in.  That's why he manages all communications and branding for the Partnership, and serves as a key liaison between the City of Bellingham, Tourism, local businesses and organizations.  IE: he thinks Bellingham is awesome and that more people need to think that too.  

    Professionally, Mason has worked for communications-centered agencies on both the east and west coasts, and served as a communications director in higher education.  Beyond downtown, Mason sits on the Bellingham International Airport advisory board and is the communications co-chair for the Western Washington University Alumni Board of Directors.

    Mason calls Bellingham home, but when he's not in the Northwest, you might find him exploring a rustbelt city, searching for a great article or cooking with friends in his adopted home-city of Philadelphia.

    Marissa McGrath Opperations Manager marissa@downtownbellingham.com Marissa McGrath moved to Bellingham from the strip-mall-abundant Midwest in 2006. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and stuck with local non-profit work for a few years before moving to Vancouver, BC where she worked in development at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She got to see one of the princes there one time (but not one of the young ones and not Prince, The Artist, or anything) and another time she embarrassed herself in front of Joshua Jackson. When not hobnobbing with the elite and the handsome, she gained a great deal of knowledge about fundraising and community relations. Soon though, she ached for her new-found home and returned to Bellingham to start a small historical walking tour company with a dear friend, The Good Time Girls, and eventually started a small shop known as The Bureau. As the Operations Manager, Marissa provides administrative support for the exciting programs and events that the Downtown Bellingham Partnership brings to her favorite place in the world. It’s the least she can do.

    Marissa McGrath
    Opperations Manager
    marissa@downtownbellingham.com

    Marissa McGrath moved to Bellingham from the strip-mall-abundant Midwest in 2006. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and stuck with local non-profit work for a few years before moving to Vancouver, BC where she worked in development at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She got to see one of the princes there one time (but not one of the young ones and not Prince, The Artist, or anything) and another time she embarrassed herself in front of Joshua Jackson.

    When not hobnobbing with the elite and the handsome, she gained a great deal of knowledge about fundraising and community relations. Soon though, she ached for her new-found home and returned to Bellingham to start a small historical walking tour company with a dear friend, The Good Time Girls, and eventually started a small shop known as The Bureau.

    As the Operations Manager, Marissa provides administrative support for the exciting programs and events that the Downtown Bellingham Partnership brings to her favorite place in the world. It’s the least she can do.

    Morgan Henry Events & Programming Coordinator morgan@downtownbellingham.com Morgan is native to Bellingham, but in 2007 she moved to Seattle, and in 2014, followed her wanderlust and headed south, landing in Oakland, CA for three years. During her time there, Morgan completed her first triathlon and facilitated many events; ranging from backyard movie theaters to logistics for large community events. In 2015, she felt called back to her roots and was persistent about getting in front of as many organizers, city planners and businesses as possible. Once she returned to Bellingham, Morgan was passionate about bringing her experience in event planning, placemaking, and community camaraderie to her hometown.  She went to her first Morning JAM in August 2015 as a way to get involved. She is now the curator for the series and is the lead for the Commercial Street Night Market at the DBP. When she's not busy with her work at the DBP, Morgan loves to cook for friends, make plans for her next epic day-trip adventure, or watch Chef's Table with a bowl of her famous black truffle popcorn.

    Morgan Henry
    Events & Programming Coordinator
    morgan@downtownbellingham.com

    Morgan is native to Bellingham, but in 2007 she moved to Seattle, and in 2014, followed her wanderlust and headed south, landing in Oakland, CA for three years.

    During her time there, Morgan completed her first triathlon and facilitated many events; ranging from backyard movie theaters to logistics for large community events. In 2015, she felt called back to her roots and was persistent about getting in front of as many organizers, city planners and businesses as possible. Once she returned to Bellingham, Morgan was passionate about bringing her experience in event planning, placemaking, and community camaraderie to her hometown.  She went to her first Morning JAM in August 2015 as a way to get involved. She is now the curator for the series and is the lead for the Commercial Street Night Market at the DBP.

    When she's not busy with her work at the DBP, Morgan loves to cook for friends, make plans for her next epic day-trip adventure, or watch Chef's Table with a bowl of her famous black truffle popcorn.

    Yaelle Kimmelman Office Assistant yaelle@downtownbellingham.com Yaelle's professional career started quite young - at age 1 to be exact - when she starred in a Sony Commercial in Taiwan. Since then, she's taken a step back from the camera. Yaelle started at the DBP as a communications intern while finishing her degree in Public Relations at Western Washington University.  After completing her internship, she felt so passionate about Downtown Bellingham she looked for opportunities to stay. When she graduated from Western, she was hired to her now-role as the office assistant extraordinaire! Yaelle's passion for Bellingham can be seen through her contagious positivity and love for life. When she isn't typing away at the office or working at Bayou on Bay, you can catch her roaming the streets of Bellingham rocking denim on denim.

    Yaelle Kimmelman
    Office Assistant
    yaelle@downtownbellingham.com

    Yaelle's professional career started quite young - at age 1 to be exact - when she starred in a Sony Commercial in Taiwan. Since then, she's taken a step back from the camera. Yaelle started at the DBP as a communications intern while finishing her degree in Public Relations at Western Washington University.  After completing her internship, she felt so passionate about Downtown Bellingham she looked for opportunities to stay. When she graduated from Western, she was hired to her now-role as the office assistant extraordinaire!

    Yaelle's passion for Bellingham can be seen through her contagious positivity and love for life. When she isn't typing away at the office or working at Bayou on Bay, you can catch her roaming the streets of Bellingham rocking denim on denim.