Camandona hired as executive director of Downtown Bellingham Partnership

Rob Camandona was recently named executive director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP). Camandona will replace Kirsten Shelton Walker, executive director for the last seven years, who will continue her career as a planning consultant, and current interim director Susan Holden Walsh.

Under Walker’s leadership the partnership has accomplished a number of business-friendly improvements downtown, including the implementation of a downtown landscaping program, the expansion of ArtWalk from a quarterly to monthly event, and successful runs of the Downtown Sounds summer concert series and Bite of Bellingham food festival.

Camandona joins the DBP from Banner Bank, where he was a relationship manager for commercial lending. He was previously the president and CEO of Toad Mountain Coffee and manager for Holland America Line. Camandona is also a Paul Harris Fellow in the Bellingham Sunrise Rotary Club, where he serves as community service chair. He graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

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