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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.

Marc Morgenstern - President



Marc hails from the east coast (where he worked for CBS for many years), but has lived in Ocean Park almost twelve years. Following his passion for reading and writing, Marc is also the Chair of the Santa Monica Public Library Board and spends as much time as possible at our historic Ocean Park branch. Professionally, he serves as a consultant to large media and entertainment companies. 

Marc is a graduate of Yale College and Santa Monica's own Citizen University. He returned to the OPA board in 2018 after going back to school and completing an MFA degree in creative writing. Previously, he served on the board from 2013-2016 as secretary. Marc believes the more we develop partnerships with other organizations and the city, the stronger our neighborhood will be. He hopes that in times like these, OPA can be a beacon of civility and good will.

Kate Kennedy - Vice President



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.

Jeffrey Jarow - Vice President


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.


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. 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.


Evan Meyer
  

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.

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.


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.

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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