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.
Sheryl is a downtown resident and co-owner of a small business in Bellingham. She moved into the Morse Square Condominiums on Railroad Avenue in 2007, after reserving the opportunity to purchase her unit when the project was first announced. Sheryl sought downtown living because she wanted to participate in an urban lifestyle, and at the same time, have a smaller environmental footprint. Downtown is her favorite neighborhood in the city; she enjoys being part of the diverse group who live, work, learn and play in the urban center. Sheryl is excited to be on the Board and shares a vision of a safe, vibrant and connected urban center. She looks forward to working with the Downtown Bellingham Partnership to help make downtown Bellingham the best it can be.
Michelle Bouma is the former owner and curator of Mi Shoes and Heroine Clothing. Currently, she is the Art Curator for Honey Salon and is volunteering her time for organizations that she holds dear to her heart. Her love fo Downtown Bellingham has not faded since closing her businesses, and she continues to be a champion of the 'Shop Local' movement and remains an active member of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership board. She loves the momentum being built Downtown by new businesses and the community’s waterfront development. Some of her favorite places Downtown include the Pickford Film Center, Ormolulu, Sojourn, Temple Bar, Black Sheep and the Bellingham Cider Co.
WWU Alumni Association
Deborah came to Western Washington University in 1998 and is currently the Assistant Vice President for Alumni, Annual Giving and Advancement Communications. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Western Alumni Association. Deborah’s career in public higher education includes advancement roles as Assistant Director of Development for University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, and Executive Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of Resource Development for Edmonds Community College. Deborah has a bachelor’s in communications with a minor in business administration from Marywood College in Scranton, PA and also studied at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her designation as a Certified Fundraising Professional in 1990 from the University of Indiana School of Fundraising.
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.
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.
Ketchup + Mustard
Shannon grew up in a small town just north of Detroit. After living in several locations, from Savannah to Seattle, she settled in Bellingham in 2003. As co-owner of both Ketchup+Mustard and Tap Trail, Shannon became involved in the downtown scene and fell in love with the culture and community that makes Bellingham truly special. Shannon is committed to helping amplify the best parts of our beloved city, but when she’s not working, you can find her biking to a local brewery, walking her dogs or trail running.
Black Sheep & Goat Mountain Pizza
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Bank of the pacific
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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.