The Board of Directors, currently 14 members, is elected annually for a two-year term. Any Ocean Park residents may be nominated and run during the annual at-large election. Ballots are submitted and tabulated at the Annual Winter meeting, typically held Mid-December. If you intend to run for the Board, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1 to be included on the ballot.
Sean Besser, President
Robbie Leer, Vice President
Robbie, a Minnesota native, moved into the Ocean Park neighborhood in 2018. He joined the OPA Board in 2022 and has served on the executive committee as both VP and Secretary. Robbie is active on the Main Street Committee and drove the 2023 Open Main St planning with the MSBIA because he would love to see our local businesses thrive. He started and leads the Renters (2022) and Homeless (2023) Committees because he has a strong interest in housing solutions and would like to ensure the majority of neighborhood residents, yes renters, have a voice. Robbie spends all of the free time he can on or near our beautiful beaches and scales startups during the day.
Patty Godon-Tann, Treasurer
Patty had spent 11 years as the Treasurer of the OPA Board and more recently Membership Chair. She continues to help facilitate the positive changes OPA is making for our neighborhood. She is a longtime resident of Ocean Park, living in the southern "Borderline" Neighborhood for more than 40 years. Patty was the Chair of the Borderline Neighborhood Group and was largely responsible for the dramatic change in Ozone Park over the last decade. Years in the neighborhood have taught her how to create change from the grassroots level. She is very excited about serving on the OPA Board again and participating in the development of a stronger union between the neighborhood and the City.
In 2018 Christina moved to a rented bungalow on 2nd Street and spent her first full day in Santa Monica at the OPA 4th of July Parade on Main Street. One year later, she convinced the John Muir Elementary PTA to participate in the parade and walked in the parade with the float the team built in her driveway. After two years of renting her family purchased a home in our beloved Ocean Park neighborhood. Christina has spent the last four years serving our community in various capacities through OPA, John Muir School Site Council, John Muir PTA, JAMS PTSA, and Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council. Christina's goal is to represent the smallest members of our neighborhood, kids, and bring their needs to the forefront of our community. As an OPA board member she will engage families and help build a society that cares for those that do not have a lot of say in their lives.
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 Association (Fujinomiya, Japan - Mazatlan, Mexico - Hamm, Germany - Kizugawa, Japan and Brighton, England), as well as on the Boards of the "FREE" Santa Monica Symphony, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Board of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation, the Santa Monica Family YMCA, past Legislative Chair of SMASH (his son’s school) PTSA, PONY Baseball at Los Amigos, and Santa Monica College General Advisory Board (GAB).
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.
Will Burrington lives with his rescue dog Lexi on 3rd Street between Ashland & Marine in Ocean Park. He moved to Santa Monica from Washington, DC and is a Wisconsin native, where he went to college and law school. He believes strongly in the importance of informed and connected civic engagement. To that end, he created and now hosts the weekly OPA Connects Zoom. He loves the history, diversity and down to earth feel of Ocean Park and it’s easy proximity to the beach, the Pacific Ocean, Main Street, Abbott Kinney, Lincoln Blvd and “Silicon Beach. He feels Santa Monica and Ocean Park are the “sweet spots” of Westside LA.
Will was elected to the OPA Board in 2019 and serves as one of two OPA Vice Presidents. He is a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer and recently graduated from the Santa Monica Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy. He has served on the Board of Climate Action Santa Monica, is an Honorary Open Doors Campaign Committee member for the Church in Ocean Park, and a member of the Santa Monica Democrats.
A lawyer by training, Will is currently studying alternative dispute resolution at the world-renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine University in Malibu. He is working toward his LLM (Master of Laws) degree in Dispute Resolution with a specialization in Mediation. With 36 years of professional experience in the practice of law, public affairs and advocacy, corporate communications and senior management roles with AOL in the U.S. and Europe, he brings a unique, multi-disciplinary lens to mediation, leadership coaching and service on nonprofit boards.
Chris spent time in a variety of cities throughout the country until he fell in love with the Ocean Park and moved here permanently in June 2020. Living in many locales has enabled him to understand the needs of diverse areas and appreciate the great things that each individual place does to support its residents.
Chris is a senior manager for a global hospitality firm and has enjoyed 17 years of success managing large portfolios of clients across the United States. Here in Santa Monica, Chris enjoys exploring the many gems that our area has to offer and volunteering at the city's farmers markets.
He looks forward to serving the members of OPA, being a steward of the neighborhood and continuing his service to the community, which he looks to call home for many years to come.