Council Member Pinky Vargas

Pinky Vargas

Represents: 4th Ward

Term: Jan 2018 – Dec 2021

It’s my fifth year serving on the Bellingham City Council. This year I am serving in the role of Mayor Pro Tem.  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.

We have three significant challenges in Bellingham that affect our entire County.  Housing, Homelessness and Economic Development.  I am committed to working on solutions with all our cities and county.

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!

I am Chair of the Climate Action Committee and the Lodging Tax Allocation Committee. In addition, my Council committees include Community and Economic Development and Parks and Recreation. I’m also serving on the Whatcom Tourism Board and the Whatcom Council of Governments. 

I spent seven years as Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Energy Efficiency Outreach Manager for Northwest Washington, collaborating with businesses, cities, counties, and residents, on the path towards a more responsible and sustainable future. Following that I took a position at PSE as Sr.  Account Manger supporting our Major Accounts customers in Northern Washington.

I was instrumental in bringing the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) Competition to the City of Bellingham and I am proud that the work of our team earned Bellingham Third Place.  This is an extraordinary community of people who care deeply about the planet and everyone on it, and they turned those desires into action.  It has been a pleasure to support Bellingham on this journey and I had the opportunity to cheerlead wearing both my hats – on City Council with policy and communications, and at Puget Sound Energy with education, data, and financial incentives.  I’m very thankful to all the people and organizations who worked collaboratively to make this dream a reality.

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 of the people and 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 weigh my decisions on the triple bottom line, People, Profit and Planet.  With a compass of what is best for Bellingham’s long-term future.  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. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.


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

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