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BOARD OF DIRECTORs


The Board of Directors, currently 12 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 contact@opa-sm.org by November 1 to be included on the ballot.

Nicholas Rolston - President



Nick was born & raised in Santa Monica, on Bay St. to be exact, and graduated from SAMOHI. While at SAMOHI, Nick worked after-school for the Parks & Rec Dept. and played for the school’s volleyball team, eventually attending UC Santa Cruz and graduating with degrees in psychology & education. He returned to Ocean Park in 2013. Outside of his 15+ year career in Experiential Marketing, Nick volunteers with the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club, struggles at beach volleyball, and loves being a part of the community that helped raised him.

Nick believes in empowering locals in the continued development of Santa Monica & honoring the city’s great history. He hopes as a Board Member to help OPA continue to have a positive impact on Ocean Park, while supporting our public schools & youth organizations, impacting housing issues, supporting residential continuity and maintaining a compassionate approach for the homeless population.

Will Burrington, Vice President


Will is a recent arrival to Ocean Park who currently chairs OPA’s committee on Emergency Preparedness. He is a professional coach to organizations and individuals, and graduated from the highly respected Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in Washington, DC. His primary coaching interests include executive level leadership, evolving entrepreneurs, emotional intelligence, adult development, addiction and recovery, best mindfulness practices and the latest developments in neuroscience.  Earlier in his career, Will practiced communications and Internet law with firms in Milwaukee and Washington, DC; was Chief Counsel to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Associate General Counsel and Head of Global Public Policy for AOL (formerly America Online), as well as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for AOL Europe in Hamburg and London.  Will graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in government from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree in 1987 from Marquette University Law School.

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.

Sean Besser, Vice President



Sean Chairs our Main Street Task Force and Chaired the 2021 Sharing an Open Main Street series. He is a community liaison for the Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA), which is responsible for dealing with issues regarding Main Street and the Farmers Market. He also Chairs the Communications Committee that produces our OPA Update e-newsletter, our social activity and website. He is also on the Membership committee. 

Sean has lived in Santa Monica for more than 20 years, the past 10 of them in Ocean Park. He is passionate about fostering a sense of community and striking a healthy balance between maintaining its beach town feel, keeping it safe and welcoming, encouraging diversity and openness, while evolving into the 21st Century. His top priorities on the OPA board are driving more community engagement, making Ocean Park more pedestrian/biking friendly, helping local Main St. businesses thrive, addressing homelessness, improving safety, and managing our relationship with city officials to make sure Ocean Park's unique needs and concerns are recognized.

Robbie Leer - Secretary


Robbie, a Minnesota native, moved into the Ocean Park neighborhood in 2018 and joined the OPA Board in 2022. As a rookie, he volunteered to be Secretary and got the opportunity to learn from the Executive Committee. Robbie supports the Main St. Committee because he would love to see our local businesses thrive. He supports the Renters Committee because he'd like to ensure the majority of Ocean Park residents (yes, renters) have a voice in the local conversation. Robbie spends all of the free time he can on or near our beautiful beaches and scales startups during the day.


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.

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.

Marc Morgenstern 



Marc hails from the east coast (where he worked for CBS for many years), but has lived in Ocean Park for more than fourteen years. He also served on the City's Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee and as the Chair of the Santa Monica Public Library Board. Professionally, he serves as a consultant to large media and entertainment companies, as well as teaching a creative writing course to veterans at the West LA VA. 

Marc writes our thrice-weekly eNewsletter that focuses on news ranging from Ocean Park to City Hall, with emphasis on responding to our current health and economic challenges. Marc believes the more we develop partnerships with like-minded organizations such as the Main Street Business Improvement Association and Beautify Earth, as well as the city government, the stronger our neighborhood will be. He hopes that in times like these, OPA can connect our community and serve as a beacon of civility and good will.

Chris Morgan



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.


John Prindle



I have been a Santa Monica resident for nearly 3 decades and in Ocean Park for 13 of those years. We should continue to support the changes that OPA has been focused on since its inception: compassion, mobility and safety. We also need to continue to work closely with organizations like SMRR to provide housing assurance for our most vulnerable residents, including the homeless.

Residents and businesses have also talked about mobility and making our streets safe for cyclists and pedestrians. Proactively working with City Hall is how we will solve this challenge and the recent changes to Main Street show us the path forward.

I also support “cleaning up our streets” as this will improve our quality of life. One area of focus that I would like to see prioritized is reducing the amount of trash we see on our streets and in our parks. Being proactive, working with city departments and being responsive to OP residents will help us meet these goals.

Ian Novos



It has been my good fortune to have lived in Santa Monica off and on since 1988, and full time since 2004. No matter where else I’ve lived during these years, Santa Monica’s song that has played in my head. Ocean Park, in particular, has been a wonderful neighborhood to live in, and feel a part of.

Ocean Park and OPA are able to do what they do because of the many people who tend both the place and the organization with love and dedication. I welcome the opportunity to work with them and contribute to the critical work that OPA does to advance the well-being of its constituent community. Specifically, I want to work toward preserving the character of a safe, bike-friendly Ocean Park, a vibrant Main Street and positioning Ocean Park to thrive long term.

I recently retired, am an economist who has worked both in academia (teaching at USC for eight years) and the private sector. I also served for about eight years as President of the board of the Disability Rights Legal Center.





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