Dr. Vandana Slatter is a former Bellevue City Councilmember, community leader, public school parent, and biotech and health professional.
On the City Council, Vandana worked to ensure that Bellevue remained a magnet for talent where businesses and high-tech companies exist alongside beautiful neighborhoods, vibrant green spaces and excellent schools.
A Doctor of Pharmacy (UW), Vandana has worked for the past twenty-five years in the biotech industry bringing multiple parties together, making sense of complex information, and achieving safe and efficient solutions to best serve patients.
Vandana has put those same skills to work here at home improving the health, safety, and quality of life for all Bellevue residents.
Most recently, on the Advisory Boards of two local non-profits, Global Social Business Partners (GSBP) and Farmer Frog, she helped establish a Lake Hills Greenbelt urban farm with a social business focus where healthy organic produce can be provided to low-income households at an affordable cost. This business model will be supported by offering programs such as STEM-focused curriculum for Bellevue students; a demonstration garden where volunteers can learn sustainable farming and share in the produce grown- all while returning profit to the program that helps feed a community in need.
In addition, Vandana serves on the Overlake Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees and has helped raise funds supporting the Cancer Center at Overlake and mental health programs on the Eastside.
Vandana has advocated for education and is a past boardmember of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences, a school serving children with special needs. With her focus on STEM and science, Vandana has been a volunteer advisor to Bellevue College’s Science department.
Earning her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington (interesting fact: This is the same professional postgraduate degree that many city managers and non-profit leaders hold as their primary qualification) Vandana went on to serve as an Executive MPA Intern to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and was appointed to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy (now the Pharmacy Assurance Commission) by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007. She has also served on the Foundation Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington where she advocated for medically accurate health education in schools.
Vandana and her husband and son have lived in Northeast Bellevue since 2003, near the Bridle Crest Trail and Bellevue Municipal Golf Course. Vandana’s husband, Greg is a research scientist, and they have been married 26 years. Their son proudly serves as a citizen-soldier in the Washington Army National Guard.