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Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is elected annually for a two year term. Any resident of Ocean Park may be nominated and run during the annual at-large election. Ballots are submitted and tabulated at the Annual Winter meeting, typically held the second Saturday of December. If you intend to run for the Board of Directors, please send an email to contact@opa-sm.org by November 1 to be included on the ballot.




Andrew Gledhill  
President




Andrew has lived in Santa Monica since 1997 and is delighted to be serving on the OPA board. He recognizes that this little area is one of the most desirable places on earth in which to live, but that it can't be expected to stay that way without loving care and attention from residents, whether they're home owners or renters.

Andrew has worked in a variety of advertising/marketing companies on the Westside and in the UK, which is where he spent his formative years. He walks, cycles and practices T'ai Chi in Ocean Park. Andrew's a big fan of Our Fair City's Farmers' Markets and of the Big Blue Bus, especially if there are bags to be carried from 3rd and Arizona.














Evan Meyer Vice President



Evan is the Founder, and Chief Operating Officer at RideAmigos.com, a platform that empowers governments and organizations with motivational tools and commuter benefits. RideAmigos gives everyone instant access to the information they need to make better commuting decisions, and the analytics to prove measurable impact in reducing traffic and increasing the use of alternative transportation.

Evan Meyer is also the Founder and Executive Director of the 501(c)3 non-profit BeautifyEarth.org, which started in Santa Monica as "Beautify Lincoln" in an effort to transform Lincoln Blvd through art. With such success locally, Beautify Earth was created to perform such activities at a global level, and transform neglected communities through public art, murals, art education, and community engagement. Their mission is to transform the world's bare and neglected walls into opportunities for artists, and "paint the world in color." 

Evan loves the outdoors, is a master of creative projects, and an avid artist/musician.


Patricia Godon-Tann  Treasurer



Patricia Godon-Tann is a recent member of OPA but a long time resident of Ocean Park living in the southern Borderline Neighborhood for over 35 years. For the past decade Patricia has worked diligently with the Borderline Neighborhood Group (BNG) to facilitate positive change and promote shared responsibilities of that remarkable area. She is currently the co-chair of that group and feels that while the BNG has been highly successful in its endeavors, more can be accomplished working with and within OPA.

Patricia was born and raised on the Westside and gravitated to the Ocean Park area in the late '60s. A public school graduate, she attended UCLA and CSULA earning Masters Degrees in the "Teaching of Reading with credential" and "School Administration with credential". She was employed by the Los Angeles United School District for nearly 35 years and recently retired as an Elementary School Principal. She is a strong proponent of quality public education and has worked on many committees within the district to enhance curriculum and teacher training.

Living within the area for over three decades has given Patricia the insight of change and the capacity to work at the grass-roots level. She is very excited about serving on the OPA board as she feels that Ocean Park encompasses the best Santa Monica has to offer. Her goal is to help maintain and build upon the unique blend of city sophistication and small town cohesion that is our Ocean Park.

Jodi Sommers Secretary



The first time Jodi visited Santa Monica, she was seven years old. It was a family trip from her home in New York. As they were having an adventure on the Santa Monica Pier, Jodi told her parents she was coming back. She did…it was the week after the Northridge Earthquake. Not an auspicious but the start of a great adventure.

After sampling various areas along the Los Angeles coast, Jodi bought her home in Ocean Park 17 years ago. The experience shaped her in many ways. It was her first major investment, and being part of the portfolio-building Southern California market inspired her to pursue a career in real estate, helping others build their wealth. On a personal level, she was comfortable within the community, appreciating the easy, self-motivating lifestyle.

Jodi believes that Ocean Park is one of the best neighborhoods in the country. It’s proximity to beach, business and shopping make it perfectly situated for her busy lifestyle.

As Communications Chair for the Ocean Park Association, she is able to use the marketing skills she first learned growing up in a “Mad Men”-like household. Realizing she had a flare for communications, Jodi attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, graduating with honors.

She is proud to serve her neighborhood on the Ocean Park Association and be a voice for her community.

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Sadat Huq  VP/Membership


Sadat moved to Santa Monica in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the vibrant community of Ocean Park, with its beautiful scenery, casual attitude, and eclectic people. 

As an OPA Board Member, Sadat plans to leverage his zest and zeal for Ocean Park and direct his energy and efforts at promoting, preserving, and protecting the community which he considers home. In the upcoming year Sadat hopes to extend his involvement in OPA by recruiting new members, volunteering at our local events, and supporting the OPA cause in general.

Sadat holds a Quantitative Economics degree from Stanford University. He is currently working to develop a mobile app called myTikr, which displays multiple smartphone apps on one screen.  Sadat's previous professional experience includes his work with Novica, a retail e-commerce company headquartered in Santa Monica.

Sadat particularly enjoys Ocean Park's close proximity to the beaches, Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Downtown Main Street, and neighboring Abbot Kinney. In his spare time Sadat enjoys music, cooking, and photography, and he can be found walking, biking, and running through our cozy community.

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Judy Abdo

   

Judy has lived in Ocean Park since 1974. She has been active on social justice and social service agency boards for many years, including OPCC and Sojourn. She is a long time member of the SMRR Steering Committee. She was part of the founding staff of Ocean Park Community Organization and became Executive Director of OPCO. She has been an elementary school teacher, a Council Deputy in the City of West Hollywood, Administrator of the Church in Ocean Park, Assistant Director of the Norton Family Office, and Director of Child Development for SMMUSD. She served on the original Pier Restoration Corporation, was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 1988 and served as Mayor for 3 years. She served on the initial Urban Forest Task Force. She is the Chair of the Pier Corporation and is Santa Monica’s representative to the Metropolitan Water District. She has been working with the OPA OP Zoning group, the Downtown Study Group, and the Climate Change committee of the Church in Ocean Park.

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Zachary Gaidzik




Zac, the youngest son of a computer programmer and bookkeeper, was raised in Santa Monica, and is a product of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Growing up next to the ocean, he learned from a young age how valuable and unique the coastal city of Santa Monica is, and particularly the Ocean Park Neighborhood. After High School, Zac went to UC Santa Cruz, enjoying another unique beach side city while pursuing his undergraduate in Theater and Dance. While there he joined Delta Lambda Psi, the first Queer, co-ed, fraternity/sorority (AKA Farority), which gave him an outlet to pursue volunteering and social justice issues in Santa Cruz and the surrounding community.

After graduating, Zac moved back home to Santa Monica and moved into a wonderful historic home in the Ocean Park neighborhood. He’s been lucky to find work in Santa Monica since moving back, at Rusty’s on the Santa Monica Pier, and later at the Church in Ocean Park. He is now a founding member of Climate Action Santa Monica, a grassroots Climate Change Organization focused on education and empowerment about Climate Change. While working at the Church he learned about the Ocean Park Association, and over the past year has become more involved with the organization. He hopes to join the board to continue his involvement and to help make Ocean Park and even better place to live for the residents than it is today.




Mark Gorman






 

Mark works as structural engineer for a large multinational engineering company. He and his wife have recently completed a new house in Ocean Park. Originally from Australia, then Cleveland and Los Angeles, Mark finally moved to Ocean Park in 2008, and wouldn’t live anywhere else. He is interested in serving on the OPB board to help keep Ocean Park a great place to live. Change is coming to Santa Monica. The important features of Ocean Park include our iconic history and sense of place and community, which is different even from the rest of Santa Monica; and a diversity of people, buildings and businesses. These we need to preserve. He believes in making Ocean Park more walkable, more bike-able and more neighbor friendly (including the Santa Monica airport).

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Jeffrey Jarow


Jeff is a Co-Founder of both OPA and the 4th of July Main Street Parade.  He is the community liaison for the Main Street Business Improvement District (MSBID), which is responsible for dealing with issues regarding Main Street and the Farmers Market, including putting the valet bike racks and free parking at the beach on Sunday mornings.  He is currently on the Lincoln Blvd Task Force and was also the Co-Chair of the Ocean Park Boulevard Beautification Project. 

Jeff has lived in our community over 35 years.  He is married to Faye and has a son, Morgan. He is currently President of the Santa Monica Sister City Asssociation (Fujinomiya, Japan - Mazatlan, Mexico - Hamm, Germany, and more to come shortly), as well as on the Boards of the "FREE" Santa Monica Symphony, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Monica Family YMCA, Legislative Chair of SMASH (his son’s school) PTA and PONY Baseball at Los Amigos.

Jeff feels it is extremely important for ALL of us, as the OCEAN PARK community, to use this OPA platform to voice OUR opinions, share OUR views, and most importantly, implement OUR ideas, regarding overdevelopment on Main St., traffic circulation and parking issues throughout, and pedestrian and community safety, to name just a few.

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Kate Kennedy




Kate, the daughter of a lobsterman, was raised in a small town on the coast of Maine, and knows first hand how special it is to live by the ocean.  Growing up, she frequently attended town hall meetings with her father and volunteered at various community fundraisers and events with her mother. That sense of community and civic duty is still an integral part of her life here on the West Coast.

Kate has been living in the Ocean Park neighborhood for over a decade. She spent several years running her own personal assistance business and has recently become a Realtor with Heyler Realty.  She is passionate about local issues and challenges facing the Ocean Park community.  Kate is excited to be a new member of the Board of OPA and hopes to spread her enthusiasm to many more residents of Ocean Park.

Jim Lawson



Jim has been a Los Angeles resident since his graduation from Brown University in 1979 where he majored in Economics and Political Science. Jim has two grown children and has been a resident of Ocean Park since 2009.

Jim enjoys the spirit of Ocean Park and he feels very fortunate to live in an area where people travel great distances to visit. Jim is an avid cyclist and he is thrilled about the evolution of cycling and other forms of transportation in Santa Monica.

Jim joined the OPA Board in 2011 and was the President for three years, ending his last term in January 2016. By being involved, Jim has experienced the satisfaction of being connected to the City and the neighborhood and to feel the joy of the accomplishments of OPA.  

Jim is an Independent Insurance Broker who specializes in working with individuals and closely held businesses. 


Mary Marlow



Mary Marlow joined the board in 2007 and quickly joined the Fourth of July parade committee where she found local sponsors to help defray costs and join the fun. She served as OPA president in 2009 and 2010. She grew up in Michigan and attended schools in both Michigan and California receiving an MBA from USC while working for AT&T in Business Marketing and Sales to Fortune 500 companies. She serves occasionally as a mentor for current USC MBA students.

She became active as a voice for residents in the recently adopted Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) part of the city’s General Plan and continues to represent residents as the chair of the Ocean Park Association General Plan Committee. The General Plan Committee continues to ensure that residents have meaningful input into the development decisions that affect their lives. She currently serves on a neighborhood association advisory committee working with the Director of City Planning and his staff on the zoning code update and development issues that affect the character and scale of neighborhoods.

Mary is the Chair of the Santa Monica Transparency Project, an independent, all-volunteer group of residents from all over the city concerned about openness and accountability in our city government. 

Her favorite Ocean Park activities are strolling on the beach, biking and walking everywhere in our very friendly and accessible beach town. As a 17 year resident, she is most interested in protecting neighborhood character and quality of life in Ocean Park.


Mike Salazar

I am an architect and have lived in Santa Monica since 1997 and Ocean Park for most of the last 14 years. I have been a member of the OPA Airport Committee since its inception. I have also been involved with the Santa Monica Conservancy, with CASMAT and Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City in reviewing planning and environmental documents.

I was born and raised in Pasadena, and I served three stints on the Design Commission (similar to our ARB), and two terms on the Community Development Committee (citizen advisory board to non-defunct Redevelopment Agency. Under these bodies I served on the Civic Center Master Plan Committee, & Police Station Advisory Board. I have also served on the Library Commission, and was Treasurer for the citizen-led successful campaign to pass a bond measure (that has been renewed 4 times by the citizens) to fully fund the library system in Pasadena.

I look forward to this opportunity to serve on the OPA Board and to bring a further voice of my neighborhood to OPA and of all of Ocean Park to the greater City.

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Roger Swanson


Roger moved to Ocean Park in 1998 and was appointed to the OPA Board in April 2010. Since then he has taken an active role in OPA by serving as Secretary, working on numerous July 4th Parades, as well as performing a variety of duties to support the Board of Directors and the community.

In 2012, Roger helped form the Lincoln Boulevard Task Force (LBTF), which represents the neighborhoods along Lincoln south of the Freeway. Serving as chairperson since its formation, the LBTF has collaborated with the City in attacking visual blight through code enforcement and volunteer cleanups.

In addition, the LBTF conducted surveys and analyzed data from 638 residents in an effort to guide discussions with City Staff. These discussions contributed to the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan that was formally launched by the City on Oct. 1, 2014.

Roger earned a BS degree from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from UCLA. He worked for Unocal and Xerox, then eventually started his own management-consulting firm, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. Roger has also served as an instructor and advisor for the UCLA Extension Business and Management Program.

In his spare time Roger enjoys bicycling, rollerblading, cooking, photography, and travel. He enjoys the community’s friendly people and beach climate, and appreciates the neighborhood’s proximity to Santa Monica’s cultural attractions such as cuisine, art, and entertainment. 


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David Tann


David became a Santa Monica resident in 1967 and a homeowner in Ocean Park in 1978. He has been a member of the Borderline Neighborhood Group for over 10 years where he has addressed local issues from trees and sidewalks, safety, traffic, crime and other concerns through committees and meetings.  He is still active in his neighborhood.

Dave was a rough and finish carpenter working locally from the Malibu Colony to Amalfi Drive for many years. He appreciates local aesthetics combined with quality design and build, including sustainable materials.

As a surfer since the 1960s, David spent countless hours in the waters of Santa Monica Bay and has always had concerns for clean, healthy and thriving waters, including minimizing run off and toxins. David still pursues music through songwriting, recording and, occasionally, performing.

As an OPA Board Member, David will weigh in with his experience, expertise and historical background to make Ocean Park a more livable community.

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