Represents: 3rd Ward
Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2015
Cathy Lehman was elected to Bellingham City Council in 2012, and was elected by her fellow Council Members to serve as the Council President for 2014. Cathy was Chair of the Council’s Lake Whatcom/Natural Resources Committee in 2013 and was a member of the Waterfront/Downtown Development Committee. She also served as Council liaison to Whatcom Council of Governments, Whatcom Museum Foundation, Bellingham Sister Cities Association, and Bellingham School District. Cathy serves on the board of Make.Shift Art Space in Bellingham, a DIY art and music venue dedicated to innovative, alternative and unusual art and music for all ages; and Viva Farms business incubator in Skagit Valley, an organization that helps new farmers learn how to farm and experienced farm workers establish their own businesses while minimizing prohibitive start-up costs.
Cathy is a downtown resident and a graduate of Western Washington University, earning a BA in Communications in 2000. Before finishing her degree at WWU, Cathy studied for 2 years at Pepperdine University in southern California, and traveled around the world on a 100-day study abroad program through the University of Pittsburgh, called "Semester at Sea." She has worked for The Opportunity Council, Whatcom Volunteer Center, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Sustainable Connections, The Lighthouse Mission's Agape Home, Futurewise Whatcom, and Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality, through the College of Business and Economics.
Cathy has served on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee and boards for Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Whatcom Conservation Voters, Girls on the Run of NW Washington and Wellspring Community School. She taught English in Dalian, China in 2001, and received a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute in 2007. That year she also managed the Green Power Community Challenge, which led Bellingham to become the #1 EPA-certified Green Power Community in the country.
Cathy is an avid runner, soccer player and bike rider, loves the downtown
live music scene, and is passionately committed to increasing the number of
women in decision-making positions
of authority. She works for a day when Lake Whatcom is not impaired by
phosphorous, the Waterfront District is a healthy extension of a vibrant
downtown, and employment, housing and transportation choices are abundant
for every citizen in Bellingham.