Gina Stark

Economic Development Specialist, Port of Bellingham

Gina spent 16 years working for Washington state government. Prior to starting her career at the State Legislature she spent a summer working at TVW under the tutelage of now Congressman Denny Heck who helped prep her for her many years of public service. In the House of Representative, she started as and an Executive assistant under James L. McIntire then worked policy such as housing, infrastructure, health care, capital and operating budgets. She then served as the Director of External Affairs at the Washington State Treasurer’s Office. She did banking relations, banking policies, and financial education and empowerment. As a representative of the Treasurer, she served on the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Gina currently, is the Economic Development Project Manager for the Economic Development Division at the Port of Bellingham. The economic development division is the regional economic partner for all of Whatcom County and serves as the ADO. Gina works with the Technology and Recreation sectors, as well as clean energy, opportunity zones, infrastructure, and work force housing. She is also the Project Manager for the Whatcom Country Rural Broadband Initiative. She has a B.A in Political Science from Western Washington University and a Master’s Degree from the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington.