About Ken

Mann Family

Family

Ken and Amy attended middle school together, reconnected after college, and have now been married for ten years. They are extremely close to their siblings and many cousins, and actually enjoy their annual family reunions. In 2010, they welcomed their first child – Atticus.  In June of 2012, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Phoebe.  They have two adopted rescue dogs, Max and Pata.

Professional

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Ken moved to Whatcom County after he was recruited by a local engineering firm in the summer of 2001. In late 2003, Ken and Amy decided to form their own real estate development and propertymanagement companies. They specialize in the restoration of older buildings within existing urban areas. Their most notable project has been the renovation of the Hinsdale Hardware Building and the Northwest Grocery Company building on Commercial Street inBellingham.  The current tenants are the immensely popular Brandywine Kitchen and Irish Pub known as Uisce. Between 2008 and 2009, Ken hosted a radio talk show on KGMI with Jacqueline Cartier.

Community

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Ken has always believed in public service and community involvement. He served on the Whatcom County Planning Commission for almost six years and was Chairman for two years. As a volunteer, he created and taught an education program at the Bellingham Senior Center that showed seniors how to use the internet and email. Ken volunteered for the Friendly Visitors program through the Interfaith Coalition, connecting with seniors and spending quality time with them. Ken and Amy make a point of returning to the Whatcom Humane Society on holidays, when the dogs and cats are in special need of exercise and attention. Both of them are active members in Sustainable Connections and donate to several local non-profits.  Ken is a member of the Whatcom Business Alliance, and serves on the board of directors of the Ski to Sea race, Opportunity Council, and recently finished his first Board term at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS). Amy is a past board member of the Pickford Film Center and currently “Chair of the Household”.

Education

Ken attended Tulane University and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1992. He returned to school at Carnegie Mellon University and received a Civil Engineering degree in 2001. This combination of political and scientific backgrounds has been a tremendous benefit to Ken during service on the Whatcom County Council.

Hobbies

Ken is an avid mountain biker, hiker, and outdoorsman and loves camping in the mountains. With a young son, he recently re-discovered his passion for Lego and freight trains. He has also been known to throw darts, play chess, and lose to Amy at Scrabble. He enjoys playing his guitar and watching good movies and driving his ’68 GMC pickup. His ideal evening includes a barbecue at a friend’s house, with lots of good food and big laughs.