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. She is thrilled to support and be a part of and its emerging revitalization.  Excited by the opportunities that city renewal presents, she is committed to ensuring the growth taking place now 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. She witnessed a variety of changes in the city, 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. Alice later lead the organization through a $3.25 million campaign and opening of the new PFC on Bay Street in 2012.  Attributed to years of 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 joining DBP's 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 impact downtown's health and vitality.   

Alice Clark
Executive Director
alice@downtownbellingham.com

Downtown is truly the heart of the city to Alice. She is thrilled to support and be a part of and its emerging revitalization.  Excited by the opportunities that city renewal presents, she is committed to ensuring the growth taking place now 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. She witnessed a variety of changes in the city, 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. Alice later lead the organization through a $3.25 million campaign and opening of the new PFC on Bay Street in 2012. 

Attributed to years of 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 joining DBP's 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 impact downtown's health and vitality.   

Lindsey Payne Johnstone Events Director lindsey@downtownbellingham.com The year 2008 was big 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 as our Events Director and a bartender at Bayou on Bay.  Lindsey's love for the downtown community and its unique identity fuels her passion for our events, as she believes they help to maintain Bellingham's culture. When asked what her favorite part of her job is, 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 big 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 as our Events Director and a bartender at Bayou on Bay. 

Lindsey's love for the downtown community and its unique identity fuels her passion for our events, as she believes they help to maintain Bellingham's culture. When asked what her favorite part of her job is, 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, The Good Time Girls, and eventually opened a small shop known as The Bureau. As our 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, The Good Time Girls, and eventually opened a small shop known as The Bureau.

As our 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 a Bellingham native, but moved to Seattle in 2007.  She later followed her wanderlust and headed south in 2014, 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. Once she returned to Bellingham, Morgan began to bring her experience in event planning, placemaking, and community camaraderie to her hometown.  She went to her first Morning Jam event in August 2015 as a way to get further involved in Downtown Bellingham. She is now the curator for that series and the lead for DBP's Commercial Street Night Market event. When she's not busy at the DBP, Morgan loves to cook for friends, plan 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 a Bellingham native, but moved to Seattle in 2007.  She later followed her wanderlust and headed south in 2014, 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. Once she returned to Bellingham, Morgan began to bring her experience in event planning, placemaking, and community camaraderie to her hometown.  She went to her first Morning Jam event in August 2015 as a way to get further involved in Downtown Bellingham. She is now the curator for that series and the lead for DBP's Commercial Street Night Market event.

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

Yaelle Kimmelman 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 for the DBP as a communications intern while finishing her degree in Public Relations at Western Washington University.  After completing her internship, she felt passionate about staying in Downtown Bellingham and looked for opportunities to stay. Following graduation, she was hired to her now-role as our 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
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 for the DBP as a communications intern while finishing her degree in Public Relations at Western Washington University.  After completing her internship, she felt passionate about staying in Downtown Bellingham and looked for opportunities to stay. Following graduation, she was hired to her now-role as our 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.