Meet the New Face of Downtown

Alice Clark

Position: Interim Executive Director

Business: Downtown Bellingham Partnership

Favorite Shop Downtown: Sojourn Clothing, Greenhouse and Dakota Art

What does a good Friday night look like for you: “A good meal at Rock and Rye and then over to the Wild Buffalo to hear some music.”

Alice Clark first fell in love with Bellingham in 1980, on a long-distance motorcycle trip that started in St. Louis, went up into Canada, and down through Vancouver to Bellingham. She had a friend attending Western Washington University who showed her the water, the mountains and the city. Later that year, she moved here and hasn’t moved since.

Downtown is truly the heart of the city to Alice, and she wanted to be a part of and support the downtown area. Alice helped start the Pickford Film Center and was the director for 12 years, retiring in 2013. Because of the years working at the Pickford, Alice is familiar with the people, places, potential and concerns of downtown Bellingham. She heard about the open position at the Partnership and thought with her knowledge of the area, it would be fun and challenging to figure out how to solve some of the concerns of downtown: vacant buildings, homelessness and parking.

Alice has been the executive director at the Partnership since Jan. 4, 2016. Although she hasn’t been working with the organization for long, she has already grown to love the excitement, energy and commitment of the staff and board members. “It’s really a nice thing to come into,” she said. Alice hopes to continue this energy with the events and programs put on by the organization. She also intends to help the Partnership work on some foundational items in order to be even more sustainable going forward.

Bellingham has been a special place for Alice since she moved here because of its remarkable qualities. She likes how the city still has a relatively small-town feel where people can get to know each other easily. The supportive community also stands out to her. People can bring their ideas to life and create something with a supportive community helping them out. And of course, one of the main reasons she loves Bellingham is the incredible location of the city, since we can see the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker from here. It’s not a far drive from the beach to the snow, allowing for a variety of outdoor activities.

Alice is fond of the area, and sees many possibilities for downtown Bellingham. “Bellingham is cool and it has the potential to be even better,” she said. Alice enjoys figuring things out and is looking forward to seeing what the Partnership can accomplish in the future.

Today's post was written by Kristin Foster, Media Intern.