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Get involved with important work in Whatcom County

We encourage every Whatcom County resident to get involved in shaping our community by applying for any of these new positions:

Whatcom’s Racial Equity Commission (WREC) will serve as a conduit for ongoing community collaboration, engagement, and education, within the broader context of diversity and inclusion. It will gather, review, and evaluate data and make recommendations on eliminating racial inequities throughout Whatcom County. Members may serve up to six years consecutively.┬áThe WREC has 15 open positions:

  • Up to seven (7) community members – open to any community member. As you apply, let them know if you also meet one of these identities: student, immigrant, migrant, refugee, business owner, manager, independent contractor, youth or young adult between age 16-24 at time of appointment, or have experience caring for a student of any age currently attending school in Whatcom County (including parent, foster parent, grandparent, caregiver, or guardian).
  • Two (2) diversity officers or staff engaged in DEI work in higher ed or in local k-12 schools.
  • Two (2) human service providers (broadly defined, could include victim or offender services, housing or houseless services, mental health services).
  • Two (2) human service providers (broadly defined, could include victim or offender services, housing or houseless services, mental health services.
  • One (1) social justice advocate or activist whose area of focus is racial equity.
  • One (1) representative from a philanthropic organization.
  • One (1) faith leader.
  • One (1) multilingual health care provider.

Not sure if you qualify for any of these categories? You likely do, so email with questions.

Find more information and links to apply in multiple languages on the Chuckanut Foundation’s WREC application page.

The Justice Project Oversight and Planning (JPOP) Committee will monitor progress towards Implementation Plan goals, contribute to annual reports, and recommend periodic updates to the Plan. The Implementation Plan identifies 15 projects for making changes to justice-related systems, services, and facilities, including steps to take in the first 1-3 years. These are 2- and 3-year terms. Help fill one of these eight vacancies:

  • Criminal legal system user, including formerly incarcerated
  • EMS paramedic
  • Behavioral health service provider
  • Substance use disorder treatment provider
  • Supportive housing subject matter expert
  • Re-entry specialist
  • Recovery subject matter expert

The Justice Project Finance Advisory Board will oversee and report annually on the financial performance of the jail sales tax. These are 2- and 3-year terms.

  • Representative of the behavioral health system or
  • Individual with lived experience in the criminal justice system

Have questions about the Implementation Plan or the Justice Project advisory positions? Contact our Justice System Committee at

We recommend submitting your application soon because the County Council may appoint members during its April 9 or 23 meeting. If you’re interested in more than one Justice Project vacancy, we recommend submitting a paper application, which allows you to show interest in more than one position