Photo by Alan Friedlob
Represents: 1st Ward
Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2019
April Barker started her term in January 2016. She is currently the Chair of the City Council's Community & Economic Development Committee. She sits on the Parks & Recreation Committee and the Planning Committee. Community board assignments include Airport Advisory, Bellingham School District, Library, and Opportunity Council.
April Barker moved to Bellingham in 1999 to attend Western Washington University's Graduate Program. Upon completion of her Master's Degree, she married Jason Barker, who is a teacher at Nooksack Middle School. The Barkers started their family in the Columbia neighborhood, then relocated to the Birchwood Neighborhood where they could work toward their goal of sustainable living. Jason enjoys tending to the garden and chickens while April works with the neighborhoods to build community and a sense of place for all. April served as President of the Birchwood Neighborhood Association for three years. Over the past several years, she has worked on city, port, and public education committees and developed partnerships across a variety of organizations.
"I have lived in ten amazing cities, but none as captivating and brilliant as Bellingham," April said. "Our family has deeply-rooted connections and a great love for this city. I am passionate about working toward smart growth, creating jobs and housing while safeguarding the environment and preserving the 'sense of place' that the people of Bellingham value."
April has worked toward neighborhood revitalization by directly addressing difficult issues such as homelessness and neighborhood safety. She has demonstrated a unique ability to motivate others to rally behind a cause and has helped create a strong sense of community.
April holds a Master's Degree in human movement and performance with an emphasis in sports psychology from Western Washington. She is also a substitute teacher for Bellingham Public Schools. Together, April and her husband manage their two Bellingham rentals. They have two children.