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.
Mason's philosophy is simple; look from the ground-up, the inside-out and outside-in. Identifying exactly what an organization needs to solve challenges and radically change the way they communicate is his forte.
Mason manages all communications and branding for the Partnership, and serves as a key liaison between the City of Bellingham, Tourism, local businesses and organizations. IE: he thinks Bellingham is awesome and that more people need to think that too.
Professionally, Mason has worked for communications-centered agencies on both the east and west coasts, and served as a communications director in higher education. He also helps small businesses and international brands reach new audiences and manage their communications through his consulting practice.
Mason calls Bellingham home and is fiercely dedicated to the development of the city and the people who make it one. When he's not in the Northwest, you might find him exploring a rustbelt city, searching for a great article or cooking with friends in his adopted home-city, Philadelphia.
Morgan is native to Bellingham but in 2007 she moved to Seattle for three years to attend massage school, and later opened a private massage practice in Capitol Hill. In 2014, she followed her gut and her wanderlust and headed south, landing in Oakland, CA for three years.
During her time there Morgan completed her first triathlon and facilitated many events, ranging from backyard movie theaters to logistics for large community events. In 2015 she felt called back to her roots and was persistent about getting in front of as many organizers, city planners, and businesses as possible. Morgan was passionate about bringing her experience in event planning, placemaking, and community camaraderie to her hometown, and went to her first Morning JAM in August 2015 as a way to get involved. She is now the curator for the series, and assists in many of our major events.
When she's not busy with her work at the DBP or her special events company MOMAD Productions, Morgan loves to cook for friends, make plans for the next epic day trip adventure, or watch Chef's Table with a bowl of her famous black truffle popcorn and a craft cocktail.
Peter has lived in Bellingham since 1996 and has been employed by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership or its predecessors since 1999. He was employed at The Newsstand for three years, sat on the board of the Whatcom Film Association and has volunteered at Evergreen Aids Foundation and The Mount Baker Theatre. Hobbies include ice bucket challenges and needlepoint.
Marissa McGrath moved to Bellingham from the strip-mall abundant Midwest in 2006. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and stuck with local non-profit work for a few years before moving to Vancouver, BC and worked in development at the prolific Vancouver Art Gallery. She got to see one of the princes there one time but not one of the young ones and not Prince, The Artist, or anything and another time she embarrassed herself in front of Joshua Jackson.
When not hobnobbing with the elite and the handsome, she gained a great deal of knowledge about fundraising and community relations. Soon though, she ached for her new-found home and returned to Bellingham to start a small historical walking tour company with a dear friend. The Good Time Girls grew and eventually started a small shop known as The Bureau, where they sell beautiful things made in Whatcom County and operate their tourism business.
As the Operations Manager, Marissa provides administrative support for the exciting programs and events that the Downtown Bellingham Partnership brings to her favorite place in the world. It’s the least she can do.