Dan Hammill was appointed in 2014 to represent Bellingham’s Third Ward and then elected in November 2015. He sought the office because he wants to work on behalf of the things that make Bellingham a great place to live: a strong sense of community, healthy families, distinct neighborhoods, our local businesses and nonprofit providers, and access to open spaces and greenways. Dan chairs the Lake Whatcom and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Finance & Personnel and Planning Committees. He is on the boards of the Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force and the Museum Society. He is also a member of the Lake Whatcom Policy Working Group.
He envisions a community that embraces its unique character as it continues to grow and thrive. He recognizes that in this growth we face challenges and opportunities that both reflect and define us by the choices that we make. He brings a collaborative approach to issues around land use, zoning, neighborhood preservation, infrastructure maintenance and development, water issues, public safety, transportation, housing, infill, and environmental protections.
Dan has been engaged in the community in many ways, from being a literacy tutor to serving as president of the York Neighborhood Association. He and his wife, long-time Bellingham School Board Member Kelly Bashaw, are proud Kulshan Community Land Trust homeowners in the Sunnyland Neighborhood.
For nine years, Dan focused on community engagement as a Program Director at the Volunteer Center. In that role, he recruited thousands of citizens to volunteer for our excellent nonprofit community and for the City of Bellingham. In 2009, in collaboration with the Opportunity Council, he co-founded an innovative virtual furniture bank that provides donations to families getting back on their feet after being homeless. That same year, he co-founded Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless Connect, an annual event that engages hundreds of community volunteers in providing essential human services to thousands of people experiencing homelessness.
From 2010 to 2014, Dan served on the City of Bellingham’s Community Development Advisory Board. During his two years as Chair, he worked with his leadership team and Mayor Kelli Linville to increase City funding to help support essential prevention and intervention services for positive youth development, senior health and wellness, housing and support programs for women and children fleeing domestic violence, and programs that support and enrich the lives of people with disabilities.
In 2012, Dan helped lead an effort to provide affordable housing for seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and families with low incomes. The Bellingham Home Fund was approved by 57% of voters and now builds and preserves affordable housing and provides supportive services for local citizens.
Dan owns an event-based fund development business that works with local organizations like Kulshan Community Land Trust, the Opportunity Council, and Brigid Collins Family Support Center.