Christine Grant
District 1

Phone:  (360) 305-6110

Commissioner Christine Grant was elected to the Whatcom County PUD Commission in 2020 and is the Commission Vice President for 2023.

Christine’s work experience includes teaching energy policy at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies and serving as a public policy consultant for electric cooperatives, public utilities and municipalities across the country.

She served on the Board of Directors of Spark Northwest, a non-profit promoting community-scale clean energy in the Pacific Northwest and was a member of the City of Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force.  She has a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College. Christine resides in Bellingham with her husband and two children.  (Term expires December 31, 2026.)

Atul Deshmane
District 2

Phone:  (360) 305-6515

Commissioner Deshmane was elected to serve as Commissioner in 2018 and is the Commission President for 2023.

As a Public Utility Commissioner and business leader, Atul hopes to create opportunities for sustainable energy and to encourage and support water conservation to meet the needs of residents, farms, fish, and local businesses.   Commissioner Deshmane resides in rural Whatcom County.  (Term expires Dec. 31, 2024.)

Jaime Arnett
District 3

Phone:  (360) 325-9289

Commissioner Arnett was elected to serve as Commissioner in 2022 and is the Commission Secretary for 2023.

Jaime is the Executive Director of Animals as Natural Therapy and has extensive experience in nonprofit management, grant writing, and the private, and public sectors. Her nonprofit career began a decade ago with Habitat for Humanity.  In the private sector, Jaime was the Executive Administrator for the Boundary Fish Company in Blaine and is also a former Blaine City Council Member.

She is a graduate of Blaine High School, holds a B.A. degree from Western Washington University and resides with her family in Blaine.
(Term expires Dec. 31, 2028.)