Council Member Pinky Vargas

Represents: 4th Ward
Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2017

It's my fourth year serving on the Bellingham City Council.  I have served in many roles including being Council President in 2016.  I'm proud to call Bellingham home and feel honored to serve this city.

I work to bring together the different elements of a healthy community for the benefit of its citizens. My priorities include: Protecting quality of life, economic vitality, social and gender justice, natural preservation, environmental protection, housing, energy efficiency, arts, technology, outdoor recreation, supporting a healthy watershed and a connection to our water sources.

I have a dedicated focus for 2017 on Economic Development and City Vibrancy.  I am chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee and the Lodging Tax Allocation Committee. I'm also serving on the Whatcom Tourism Board, Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Bellingham Partnership Board. In addition, my committees are Finance, Parks and Recreation, and the Jail Stakeholders Work Group.

I believe in a fully engaged life. I love the arts, music, and outdoors, and I get to support those passions by serving on the boards and committees I choose.  I enjoy many of the indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities in Bellingham. I'm a big believer in growing tourism-- we have an incredible city to show off!

In my full-time job, I work for Puget Sound Energy  I spent the last seven years as the Energy Efficiency Outreach Manager for Northwest Washington, collaborating with businesses, cities, counties, and residents, on the path towards a more responsible and sustainable future. I have recently moved into the position Sr.  Account Manger supporting our Major Accounts customers in Northern Washington. In 2015, I was nominated for Whatcom Business Woman of the Year.

I was instrumental in bringing the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) Competition to the City of Bellingham and I am a dedicated member of the GUEP team to support the success of our City (for more information on the Prize, visit www.guep.org or www.cob.org/energyprize).

I was born and raised with a large family in a village in Northern Alberta, Canada. I've traveled the world and lived in four countries, but have chosen to lay my roots in Bellingham because it's a world class location.

I have a strong vision of a vibrant and welcoming Bellingham. I have a background in project management and collaboration is important to me.  Although it's not always easy, it's important to see all sides of the story and weigh the pros and cons. I follow the compass of what is best for Bellingham's long-term future to help guide me through decisions. I think of myself as a local leader with a global perspective, uniting energy efficiency with economic vitality.

I hope to be a role- model for young girls, encouraging more women to step up to positions of leadership, and I dream of a day when we have more diverse representation in our government. I believe we should celebrate our uniqueness and the value it can bring to our conversation. Commitment to community and love for people are what drive my engagement. I encourage you to share your views and vision of Bellingham with me.

contacts

210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 778-8210
Email: Pinky Vargas

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