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.
We champion the health and vitality of downtown Bellingham through the promotion of commerce, culture, and celebration.
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 2018 Annual Report is now available.
From expanded events to new hires, see the impact we’ve made over the past year.
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.
Board of Directors
Our board consists of representatives from across Bellingham who are dedicated to growing our downtown core. Get to know them.
Boundary Bay Brewery
Casey Diggs is the Operations Manager of Boundary Bay Brewery, and has been coming downtown his entire life - watching over time how Bellingham has grown while doing things outside-the-box. He has a deep appreciation for the energy that our community puts into doing “really cool stuff” all while being a compassionate place at the same time. He appreciates the vibrant events the Partnership has created, like Downtown Sounds and the annual Downtown Trick or Treat, saying it’s “so cool to watch all the kids and families head downtown, all smiles and laughs!” He strives to be a good steward for this community and feels lucky to volunteer his time towards making our home as rad as it can be. His favorite color is red, white and blue, he is really good at carrying stuff and is the (self-proclaimed) best high-fiver in Whatcom County.
Business Owner & Downtown Resident
Keegan moved to Bellingham in 2004 to attend Western Washington University. While in college he worked for the Ferndale Boys & Girls Club helping run their youth athletics programs. He graduated with a bachelors in Economics and went to work for Bank of the Pacific. He has continued to volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club by coaching youth sports and also helping at events. Along with that he is a board member for the Whatcom Literacy Council and Bellingham Youth Football and a committee member for Ferndale Uncorked and Uncapped, an event to help the Ferndale Food Bank. During his time in banking he was able to see how housing and business in a community can work together to grow a local economy and has been excited to see how Downtown Bellingham has prospered in recent years - Whatcom County has a diverse group of industries, skills, cultures and lifestyles and bringing all of those together to make Downtown better will only help the County as a whole.
Jennie is a life-long resident of Whatcom County growing up in Ferndale. She has worked in the financial banking industry her whole career of 16 years and most recently as a Branch Manager at Banner Bank in Downtown Bellingham. She specializes in developing long-term relationships with her clients, small business lending and helping to grow our downtown economy. Jennie loves to be involved in the community and has served with several nonprofit groups such as Lydia Place, Alternative Humane Society, Junior Achievement and multiple fundraisers. Apart from the office and volunteering, Jennie enjoys traveling internationally, water sports, and getting outside to explore the Pacific Northwest with her fur child, Mya!
Nicole moved to Bellingham in 2013 after being drawn to the area for it's variety of outdoor activities. Being able to ski, golf, mountain bike or sail - all in the same day - makes the Pacific Northwest an amazing place to live. Since moving to Bellingham, Nicole has been a volunteer for the Northwest American Institute of Architects, Habitat for Humanity, and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Design Committee. She feels that creating vitality in our community is essential in cultivating a meaningful place for all Bellingham residents to live and work. Nicole is a design professional at RMC Architects, and has enjoyed working on a wide variety of projects from master planning, programming, multifamily housing, to graphic design for marketing. Apart from the office and volunteering, Nicole enjoys getting outdoors and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband Patrick.
Barry first moved to Bellingham in 1993 and worked in the local construction industry until 2008, when he and his wife relocated to Portland, Maine to be near family. He returned to Bellingham in 2016, lured back by his love for the natural surroundings and his commitment to live and work in a community where he could make a difference. He now serves as the General Manager of RAM Construction where he oversees strategic project planning and capital management. Barry feels that Bellingham’s downtown is well positioned with many opportunities for increasing business and adding residents to create a true downtown neighborhood and he is excited to help the Downtown Bellingham Partnership capitalize on these opportunities and help steer the redevelopment. Barry serves as volunteer Park Steward for the Bellingham Parks Department, maintaining trails in the Sehome Hill Arboretum and in his free-time, he enjoys exploring the local trails and waterways with his wife Heidi and their goofy dog, Aster.
He’s new! Well, sort of. He’s busy. Coming soon…
Rhiannon was born in Bellingham the year Bellis Fair Mall was built. Because of this, she grew up in a downtown with a lot of large vacancies and a lackluster spirit. But a move to Portland for school made her to realize just how special Bellingham is, and how uniquely supportive our community is of small businesses of every kind. She loves that almost every business in our downtown core is locally owned -- from herb & spice shops to pet stores, and cider houses to music venues. She decided to move back to Bellingham for this very reason, and opened Fringe Boutique in an historical downtown building in 2015. She loves connecting with the creative community of Whatcom County, and is excited to be a part of a new generation shaping the City of Renewed Excitement through vibrant businesses, engaging events, and a beautiful landscape.
After 19 years of calling Seattle home and experiencing it's exponential growth, Kristen seized an opportunity to move to Bellingham in 2017, knowing the vibrant, small city had much to offer. With a background in Communications and Event Management, she easily transitioned into her role as Content Marketing Manager at Barlean's, a well-respected local supplements company. Kristen has been on the Board or a member of several art organizations throughout the years, as well as a supporter of Environment Washington and the Washington Trails Association. She has volunteered for Willing Workers on Organic Farms and, most recently, WorkAway Cultural Exchange. With a strong desire to build community and a frequent supporter of downtown retailers, restaurants, and events, joining the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Board was a natural next step. Apart from the office, you'll find Kristen exploring trails, checking out local art or catching some live music. And traveling. Always traveling!