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Western Neighborhood Project Staff

  • Nicole MeldahlNicole Meldahl, Executive Director

    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 after receiving her BA in American History in 2008. Nicole has spent the last eleven 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. In 2016, Nicole graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies. Beginning in 2012, Nicole volunteered as the Registrar and Collections Manager for the Western Neighborhoods Project. She joined the WNP board in 2014. Nicole left the board in 2019 to take on the role of Executive Director.

    Nicole passes her scant 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


Western Neighborhood Project Board of Directors

  • Richard BrandiEdward V. Anderson

    Ed is a San Francisco native and Silicon Valley attorney. Ed has been interested in architecture since his days at Lick -Wilmerding High School. As a St. Francis Wood resident, Ed initiated and worked with Richard Brandi and Woody La Bounty to produce the book San Francisco's St. Francis Wood, Outside Lands Media (2012) to celebrate St. Francis Woods hundredth anniversary. Ed also has been a client on a number of projects with the architectural firm of Turnbull, Griffin Haesloop. Ed has served on numerous boards, including Lick-Wilmerding High School, the Hamlin School for Girls, the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, San Francisco Beautiful and the St. Francis Wood Homes Association. Ed obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford. When not in San Francisco, Ed enjoys spending time in his wood shop at the Sea Ranch.

  • Richard BrandiRichard 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 GallagherDavid 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 GallagherDavid 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. David's primary focus is working with the large OpenSFHistory 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.

  • Chelsea SellinChelsea 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.

  • Kyrie WhitsettKyrie Whitsett

    Kyrie is a recent addition to San Francisco, but didn't feel "settled" in the City until she started volunteering at the Western Neighborhoods Project and became familiar with its wonderful communities. With a background in multimedia production, Kyrie has helped with video projects like the annual movie night program as a volunteer. Kyrie was born and raised in Oregon and received a liberal arts degree from Willamette University. She is currently a partner coordinator for the web archiving team at Internet Archive.

  • Arnold M. WoodsArnold 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.