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- Richard Brandi
Richard Brandi's career as an architectural historian began after he and Woody created the West Portal History Walk in 2001. This successful project led Richard to switch his career to history and he now works with architects and planners throughout the state. Richard has written two books San Francisco's St Francis Wood, and San Francisco West Portal Neighborhoods, helped restore the Kirkham Earthquake shack, and obtained a graduate degree in historic preservation. Richard successfully nominated the WNP for the State of California's Governor's Award in Historic Preservation and represented the WNP in an international conference in Kobe, Japan. He and Woody La Bounty coauthored the Parkside Historic Context Statement, the OMI Historic Context Statement, the OMI survey, and Gardens in the City, San Francisco's Residence Parks (now underway). He lectures on San Francisco history and has led walks through West Portal, Forest Hill, St Francis Wood, Diamond Heights, Yerba Buena Center, Golden Gateway, and the Embarcadero Center. Board member since 2004.
- David Chang
David Chang is a native San Franciscan who spent his earliest childhood years in the Richmond before moving with his family to Diamond Heights. Years ago, he discovered the Western Neighborhoods Project through the website, but really became hooked listening to the Outside Lands San Francisco podcast. In early 2016, David began volunteering time to help scan the Private Collector’s images for http://OpenSFHistory.org. As he grew acquainted with WNP’s opportunities and challenges, his professional experience as a product manager and marketer kicked in through creating strategies and programs to help WNP expand on its purpose to preserve, interpret, and educate. David is a graduate of UCLA, and has an M.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University.
- David Gallagher
David Gallagher is a founder of the Western Neighborhoods Project, creator, designer and developer of outsidelands.org. Both his parents were born in San Francisco. He grew up looking at old pictures from a box in the closet and has never gotten tired of it. David consults, advises, and contributes to many San Francisco community history organizations and is WNP's primary liaison to the San Francisco history community. David's primary focus is working with the large Courtesy of a Private Collector image collection. He is the producer of a popular internet video series called "David's Pointless Minute". He lives in an eastern neighborhood, but has a view towards the west.
- Anisha Gupta
Anisha recently moved to San Francisco and is a lucky resident of Inner Sunset. She attended WNP events and quickly became fascinated with the history of the city. Anisha is a paper conservator working at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and looks forward to working closely with the WNP collection, helping to preserve it for the future.
- Woody LaBounty
Woody is a founder of the Western Neighborhoods Project. LaBounty has recorded the oral histories of hundreds of San Franciscans, launched San Francisco’s most popular history website, and led a successful campaign to save four 1906 earthquake refugee cottages for the 100th anniversary of San Francisco’s great earthquake and fire. He is a frequent contributor to the media, and has written books about the 19th Century "Carville" neighborhood, and Ingleside Terraces.
- Nicole Meldahl
Nicole Meldahl was born and raised in a Southern California suburb, moving to San Francisco in 2002 to attend San Francisco State University. She began working for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) as an intern with the Park Archives and Records Center (PARC) while still an undergraduate, and stayed on as a contractor after receiving her BA in American History in 2008. Nicole has spent the last nine years with the GGNRA, most recently working as an archives and museum technician with collections management duties, and supplements her income as a freelance historian and contract archivist working with local nonprofits and private collectors. Since 2012, Nicole has been volunteering as the Registrar and Collections Manager for the Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP), and she joined the WNP board in 2014.
Nicole passes her free time as a blogger interpreting contemporary culture, local history and music through the lens of philosophy, photography, and prose poetry at Nostos Algos. She is a proud resident of the Sunset District, and will graduate from the University of San Francisco with an MA in Museum Studies in 2016.
- Jamie O'Keefe
Jamie O'Keefe is a fifth generation San Franciscan, born and raised in the Richmond District. A proud graduate of Lowell High School, Jamie earned her BFA from UC Santa Cruz and her MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. She did her thesis project with the SF Fire Department Museum and has worked and volunteered with many local museums including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Society of California Pioneers, and San Francisco Heritage. She has also helped coordinate Jimmy's Annual Old Car Picnic for many years. She is currently a registrar at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.
- Chelsea Sellin
Chelsea Sellin is a Bay Area native nurturing a life-long love of San Francisco history. She received her B.A. in History and Film Studies from Chapman University and her M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Chelsea has worked and volunteered at a variety of Bay Area institutions, including History San Jose, San Jose Museum of Art, Computer History Museum, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, and the Park Archives and Records Center at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Chelsea currently works as an historian for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center.
- Arnold M. Woods
Arnold M. Woods is a Bay Area attorney who has resided in the Outer Richmond district of San Francisco since 1996. He is general counsel to Western Neighborhoods Project and has been a board member since WNP's inception. He coordinates the WNP booth at the Outside Lands Music & Arts festival and occasionally contributes articles for the quarterly member magazine. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law.