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Council Member Pinky Vargas

Council Member Pinky Vargas


Represents: 4th Ward
Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 201

Pinky lives in the Silver Beach neighborhood and is a graduate of Leadership Whatcom, which provided the opportunity to build an expertise on the history and present-day issues of Whatcom County. Through Leadership Whatcom, Pinky began to solidify her vision for serving our community.

Her decision to run for Bellingham City Council reflects her lifelong commitment to community service. She is a local leader with a global perspective, uniting energy efficiency with economic vitality. She is proud to call Bellingham home and works hard to bring together the different elements of a healthy community for its citizens. Her priorities include: making it easier for businesses to thrive, mobilizing waterfront development and creating a healthy Lake Whatcom watershed.

She was elected by her fellow Council Members to serve as Chair of the City Council's Lake Whatcom and Natural Resources Committee for 2014. She is also a member of the Parks & Recreation Committee, as well as the Community and Economic Development Committee. Pinky was also appointed to the Lake Whatcom Policy Working Group and the Energy Working Group. She will serve as a Council liaison to the Mt. Baker Theatre Board; Opportunity Council as part of her duties.
Pinky serves as the Energy Efficiency Manager at Puget Sound Energy collaborating with businesses, cities, counties, and residents. Pinky teaches Energy Efficiency and manages community-wide initiatives to put the Pacific Northwest on the path towards a more responsible and sustainable future.

Combining her practical humanitarian values with her background in project management, Pinky serves Bellingham in a wide range of community leadership roles. She is a member of Sustainable Connections, the Whatcom and Ferndale Chambers of Commerce, the Whatcom Business Alliance, North West Economic Council and the Bellingham City Club. She has served on the Greenways Advisory Committee and on the board for the Center for New Media.

Pinky was born and raised with a large family in a village in Northern Alberta, Canada. She has traveled the world and lived in four countries, but has chosen to lay her roots in Bellingham for her love of this city.

An avid runner, Pinky also enjoys many of the outdoor recreation opportunities in Bellingham. She loves the arts, movies, live music and dancing. She hopes to be a role-model for young girls, encouraging more women to step up to positions in leadership and dreams of a day when we have more diverse representation in our government. She works towards a healthy Lake Whatcom, a vibrant local economy and a working waterfront. Pinky believes we should celebrate our uniqueness and the value it can bring to our conversation. Commitment to community and love for people is what drives her engagement and she encourages you to share your views and vision of Bellingham with her.

Contact information:

210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 778-8210

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M 7/20/2015

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