A Bellingham native, Ali Taysi returned to Whatcom County after spending 4 years in Southern California attending university. After working in development consulting at a real estate law firm, Ali discovered a clear need for land use permitting and project management services in the Pacific Northwest and founded AVT Consulting in 2004. Ali knows firsthand how complicated development and land use processes can be. He brings nearly 15 years of local project management and hands-on permitting experience to the business and can guide projects through all required processes.



Andrea Hemley was born and raised in Bellingham. She studied at the University of Washington and Western Washington University before joining AVT. She enjoys spending time with family and taking long walks on Bellingham’s trail system with her dog, Brodie.


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Born and raised in North Pole, Alaska, Francine St. Laurent migrated to Bellingham in 2010 to attend Western Washington University. Francine earned a B.A. in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy with a minor in Journalism. After working at a newspaper in Anchorage, she returned to Bellingham to learn the world of land use consulting. Francine also serves as an officer in the Alaska Air National Guard.