Shepard Named Port of Bellingham Board President

Michael Shepard. Photo: Goucher College.

Port of Bellingham Commissioner Michael Shepard will lead the three-member Board of Commissioners as its president for 2023, the port announced Jan. 3.

Shepard, who represents District 1’s South Whatcom County, is a Research Associate at Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and is an adjunct lecturer teaching environmental studies, anthropology and cultural sustainability at Goucher College, a private liberal arts school in Maryland, according to his bio.

“Commissioner Shepard is a trustee for the Kulshan Community Land Trust and has worked on a broad range of issues important to the Port of Bellingham including workforce development, marine resource management, and affordable housing,” the bio states.

Also, Commissioner Bobby Briscoe will serve as board vice president and represent the port at the Whatcom Council of Governments, while Ken Bell will serve as board secretary and represent the port at the Washington Public Ports Association and the Whatcom County Economic Development Investment Program Committee.

The commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Harbor Center Conference Room at 1801 Roeder Ave. in Bellingham. This month, the commission is scheduled to meet Jan. 10 and 24.

By Karen Robes Meeks