Dr. Vandana Slatter is a former Bellevue City Councilmember, community leader, public school parent, and biotech and healthcare professional.
As a Bellevue City Councilmember, Vandana sat on eight different committees, including Council liaison to four City Commissions/Committees, covering areas such as transportation, youth, public safety, environment, and economic development. As a councilmember, she helped to pass a 1.5 B city budget and worked on issues including affordable housing, technology & innovation, public safety, and transportation.
A Doctor of Pharmacy (UW), Vandana has worked for the past twenty-plus years in the biotech industry bringing multiple parties together, making sense of complex information, and achieving safe and efficient solutions to best serve patients.
While obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington, the same professional postgraduate degree held by many city managers and non-profit leaders, Vandana served as an intern to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. She was appointed to a 4-year term on Washington State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007. She also served on the Foundation Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. In 2009, Vandana traveled with the Center for Women and Democracy (CWD) to Morocco in a delegation led by State Senate Leader Lisa Brown and in 2015, to Iceland as part of the organization’s mission to advance women’s leadership locally, nationally and globally. She has also traveled to China representing Bellevue, with the Trade Development Association, and a delegation of NW political and business leaders.
On the Advisory Boards of 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. In 2014, along with approximately 30 neighborhood leaders Vandana completed the first ever City of Bellevue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course.
Vandana served 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 is also a past board member of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences, a school serving children with special needs.
In 2017, she was appointed as the State House Representative for the 48th Legislative District.
Vandana, her husband, Greg, a research scientist, and son have lived in Northeast Bellevue since 2003.