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.
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 is the Operations Manager for downtown Bellingham staple, Boundary Bay Brewery, and has been working there for 10 years. Boundary Bay is known for their community outreach and impact, but Casey wanted to get involved more than he already was. So when a Partnership board member who he respects and admires approached him about joining, he immediately jumped at the opportunity. Prior to joining the board, Casey was already involved with the Partnership as a member of our events community, helping to make our major events bigger and better. His favorite part about downtown is its people. Breweries, restaurants, big businesses, mom and pop shops, police and firefighters, nonprofits--he loves people working together to make Bellingham better than it already is.
Shultzie is the Development and Outreach Director at Lydia Place, Art Curator at Honey Salon and Gallery, Power Yoga Instructor, mom to a 1 and ½ year old little lady named Sloan and a Bellingham community collective advocate. Her background includes small business ownership as the Owner/Manager of The Paperdoll Boutique, a founding member of Project BHAM (a retail and event planning collective) and a career in children’s television where she held roles in research, development and outreach with PBS and RCN Entertainment. She loves all things downtown and is thrilled to be on the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Board.
Barron Smith Law
Olivia is a UW graduate who went on to study law at Quinnipiac University, getting her concentration in tax law. She moved to Bellingham in 2011, and worked at Archer Halliday before opening The Burkland Law Office in 2014. When asked about why she loves downtown so much, Olivia replied "I love downtown Bellingham because it's a miniature version of a much bigger city. You have as equal a chance to bump into an artist or a lawyer in the space of ten feet." Outside of work, Olivia enjoys hanging out with her dog, hiking, and being treasurer for the Whatcom County Bar Association and Whatcom Women Lawyers in addition to DBP.
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. Sheryl reserved the opportunity to purchase her unit when the project was first announced 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 who share a vision of a safe, vibrant and connected urban center. She looks forward to working with the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Board to help make downtown Bellingham the best it can be.
Jena moved to Bellingham in 1985, and shortly after began working at Bellingham National Bank, located at the corner of Holly and Cornwall. When she moved to Bellingham, downtown was the place to be - you could feel the community presence everywhere. However, once Bellis Fair mall came, downtown saw a decline in business and people. The desire to return downtown to its title of being the top business, residential, and visitor destination is what motivated Jena to join the board. She believes the Partnership, along with downtown merchants and residents, can work together to bring the community back to downtown, and grow downtown to be a top spot in the Pacific Northwest. Jena loves downtown's history, beauty, and diversity in its merchants, and has an insatiable passion to share downtown's greatness with others.
Pacific Continental Realty
Heather’s passion for the downtown began with LuLu…wonderful things, a family-run business that called the downtown home for 12 years. In 2016, Heather renewed her passion for the downtown and joined Pacific Continental Realty as a property manager and commercial broker. She now manages several downtown buildings and is dedicated to help fill vacancies and to create a vibrant downtown everyone can enjoy. Heather has always been involved with nonprofits that serve the community, and this heart for service and her community is why she loves working with the Partnership, which she's done since 2012. Her favorite part of downtown is the Depot Market and the vibrancy the farmers market brings to downtown. And her favorite spot to eat? Ciao Thyme!
Mi Shoes & Heroine
Michelle grew up on stage…dancing, singing and acting. She has a deep love for the arts and an even deeper love for her community. She lives, works and plays downtown. Michelle opened Mi Shoes in 2005 and has successfully made it Bellingham’s favorite women’s shoe store. In 2015, Michelle opened up her second boutique, Heroine, a women’s clothing store. When she’s not working hard putting beautiful shoes on the feet of the women of Bellingham or gorgeous clothes on their shoulders, she can be found hiking, biking, running or practicing pilates and yoga. She has a daughter that is quickly turning into a beautiful, young woman and a husband that makes her the happiest woman in the world.
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.
Zervas Group Architects
Andrew is passionate about good design, and how the Downtown Bellingham Partnership can be a leader in innovation when it comes to design in our downtown. He joined Zervas Group in 1999, and became a partner in 2010. Andrew’s worked on projects for Habitat for Humanity, Whatcom Children’s Museum, Church of the Assumption, and many others throughout the community. Outside of work and the Partnership, Andrew and his wife Angie stay busy running after their two children and enjoying our city.
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.