January 10, 2018 - December 31, 2022
Jamie Stephens has been active in the San Juan Island communities since arriving on Lopez Island 14 years ago.
You are likely to find Jamie loading the steam thresher with wood for the Lopez Community Land Trust’s straw bale homes, dressed in his Lions' vest, directing the Fourth of July parade, or teaching business classes at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and received a degree in American Studies and Communications from the University of Notre Dame in 1978. He also attended executive finance classes at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
After a career as business manager at Mancini and Groesbeck in Salt Lake City and Seattle, Jamie and his family moved to Lopez Island, where they owned and managed the Edenwild Inn - which earned a mention in Northwest Best Places. From 1999 to the present he has managed residential and commercial real estate on Lopez Island.
Jamie is a member of the Lopez Village Planning Committee, a Board member of the Lopez Island Family Resource Center, a Board member of the Fisherman Bay Water Association, and a Port Commissioner. Jamie also substitutes regularly at Lopez Schools and organizes the yearly Fourth of July Parade.
He has served on Lopez Community Land Trust’s Board of Directors during construction of the green, award-winning “Common Ground” neighborhood, and was the chair of the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts Operations Committee for four years.
He takes pride in the fact that the Port of Lopez has not taken any annual tax increases while he has been a member, and yet has completed two capital projects. During his term, the Port has opened farmland and purchased equipment for the Islands’ Oil Spill Association. He feels his community involvement has prepared him for the demands of serving on the County Council, “My work with island organizations has strengthened my ability to achieve consensus, plan effectively, exercise fiscal responsibility, and see projects through to completion. Successes have been gained through a blend of creativity, input, research, and analysis,” he said.
Jamie lives in Lopez Village with his wife Lauren. He has two children attending college.