Represents: 1st Ward
Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2015
Jack Weiss was elected to the Bellingham City council in 2007. His 2012 Council Committee assignments are as the Chair of the Planning and Community Development Committee, and as a member of the Transportation Committee, the Waterfront and Downtown Development Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Committee. Jack also serves on the Council's PEG-TV Working Group. Jack is a member of the Airport Advisory Committee, is a Board Member of the Whatcom Transportation Authority and also serves on the Council of Governments Board of Directors (Executive Committee), and is the City Council's liaison to the County's Open Space Committee.
Jack's decision to run for Bellingham City Council reflects his strong interest in community service. His interest professionally and personally has centered on improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods such as ensuring sound land use planning and economic development opportunities for our community, providing outdoor recreational opportunities and by creating and implementing environmentally sustainable programs. The focus of his efforts has been to be a positive force by developing, strengthening, and realizing programs that make a difference in our community.
Jack's past pro-business, pro-environment career experiences include: Whatcom County Recycling Coordinator setting up incentives and cost-saving programs for businesses and residents such as countywide curbside recycling; Executive Director of an affordable housing non-profit business for 550 people with 25 employees; Administrator (Principal) for Whatcom Hills Waldorf School and; Project Manager for a variety of non-profit business programs.
He has been influential in setting up a number of important programs such as being the primary architect of the Greenways III levy 2005-2006. He also set up the materials re-use program that evolved into today's successful and popular RE Store. Jack has been the President of the Birchwood Neighborhood Association, a three term member of the Greenways Advisory Committee and has been the Executive Director for Oeser Cedar Cleanup Coalition (a neighborhood oversight organization monitoring the clean-up of the County's only federal Superfund toxic site).
Jack has been honored as Re Sources 2007 Environmental Hero Award as Former Executive Director and Washington State Recycler of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to Recycling and Market Development. As the lead staff member, he has also received the Washington State Best Government Program Award for Comprehensive Recycling and Waste Reduction and the National Recycling Coalition's Most Innovative Local Market Development Award.
The focus of Jack's work on Council is:
His list derives from hundreds of conversations with residents and business-owners in Bellingham. Jack wants to continue this discussion with you and invites your suggestions on maintaining and improving the quality of life we have in Bellingham.