Council Member Pinky Vargas

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

I was elected to serve on the Bellingham City Council in 2014. In January 2016, my colleagues elected me to serve as President of the Council. 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, energy efficiency, arts, technology, parks and outdoor recreation, supporting a healthy watershed and a connection to our water sources.

I have served as chair of the Finance Committee and Lake Whatcom and Natural Resources Committee. I have also served on the Community and Economic Development Committee, Parks & Recreation Committee, Energy Working Group, Fire Pension Board, and Tourism Commission and Allocation Subcommittee. This year I am on the Police Pension Board.

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 Mount Baker Theatre Board and the Bellingham Tourism Board. 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!

I have a strong vision of a vibrant and welcoming Bellingham. Collaboration is important to me, although it's not always easy. But it is 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.

In my full-time job, I work for Puget Sound Energy as the Energy Efficiency Outreach Manager for Northwest Washington, collaborating with businesses, cities, counties, and residents. I teach Energy Efficiency and manage community-wide initiatives to put the Pacific Northwest on the path towards a more responsible and sustainable future.

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 think of myself as a local leader with a global perspective, uniting energy efficiency with economic vitality. In 2015, I was nominated for Whatcom Business Woman of the Year.

I have a background in project management that highlights my practical humanitarian values, I serve Bellingham in a wide range of community leadership roles. I am 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. I have also served on the Greenways Advisory Committee and on the board for the Opportunity Council.

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.

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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