Western Neighborhoods Project is dedicated to the history of San Francisco's Richmond, Sunset, OMI and West of Twin Peaks districts.   read more ...

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

  • Edward V. AndersonEdward 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.

  • David ChangDavid 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.

  • Ed FranklinEd Franklin

    Ed Franklin has been a resident and homeowner in the Richmond District for 30 years. Originally from Boston, Ed was an early participant in the growth of Silicon Valley, working for vendors large (Oracle, Fujitsu) and small (producing two buyouts and an IPO). He finished his tech career as Vice President, Worldwide Marketing before retiring. Along the way Ed discovered his interest in San Francisco history and trained to become a tour guide and docent. Today he remains active volunteering for San Francisco City Guides and The Hyde Street Pier National Park, as well as operating a private tour agency. For the past four years Ed served on the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Tour Guide Guild (three as Vice President). Earlier he has served on the board of directors for the Blue Bear School of Music and the Alamo School Foundation, among others. Ed earned his BS Engineering from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and his MBA from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). He closely follows the San Francisco Giants.

  • Eva LaflammeEva Laflamme

    Eva is originally from Massachusetts but has called California home for more than 20 years. Currently, she is working towards her MA in Museum Studies at SFSU with an emphasis on fundraising and management. Eva also volunteers at the De Young, Legion of Honor, and Asian Art Museum, and is an intern for Alcatraz working on updating their website to include information about sustainability on the island. Eva has a background in art history and art education and also teaches stained glass to children. She loves learning about the personal stories and events that bring history to life and is excited to figure out where all the best coffee shops and bakeries are in every nook and cranny of SF

  • Denise LaPointeDenise LaPointe

    Denise has run her own public relations/strategic communications company, LaPointe Group, Inc., for over 25 years in San Francisco. She consults on numerous political, corporate, and community projects.

  • Matt NicholsMatt Nichols

    After growing up in the Brookland neighborhood in Washington, D.C., Matt moved to the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University, later working for several startups (Hotwire, Pandora) before settling into his forever job of restoring old SF buildings inside and out as a general contractor. Matt lives in the Western Addition with his extended family. He enjoys playing baseball in the Bay Area Vintage Base Ball association. He is an average guitar player and songwriter, with some funny songs about San Francisco that he's not afraid to play in public.

  • Dion RobertsDion Roberts

    Dion Roberts, is the Executive Director of Mary Elizabeth Inn (MEI), a nonprofit organization with a more than 100-year history of serving homeless women in San Francisco. Prior to joining MEI, Ms. Roberts was a Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, and was instrumental in placing more than 1500 hundred families with children in affordable permanent supportive housing. She has served on the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel of the Department on the Status of Women where she chaired the subcommittee on expanding safe housing solutions for domestic violence survivors. Ms. Roberts has over 17 years of experience developing and implementing supportive housing programs and homeless services for families and single adults. Ms. Roberts was drawn to the WNP because it is the neighborhood she grew up in and still resides in, and is committed to preserving the neighborhood's rich history. Ms. Roberts considers herself a history aficionado and lover of all things old. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco in Information Systems Management. In her spare time and when not engrossed in documentaries and nonfiction books, Ms. Roberts enjoys spending her time with her two adult sons and their growing families.

  • Karim SalgadoKarim Salgado

    Karim Salgado was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3 with her mother and brother. Her early childhood was spent living in The Mission, Bernal Heights and now resides in Sunnyside. Karim's love for San Francisco started at a very young age when she and her brother would walk around different neighborhoods while waiting for their mom to get off work. Discovering new places, new restaurants, new music and arcades were how summers were spent. Karim graduated from San Francisco State University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and worked for San Francisco based companies like the Gap and Wells Fargo. Karim is now self-employed and owns Carmelina's Taqueria on the UCSF Parnassus Campus and has been there for the past eighteen years, she is also a member of Citizen Advisory Committee for MUNI.

  • Vivian TongVivian Tong

    Vivian was born and raised in San Francisco's Sunset District and currently works as an independent illustrator and museum registrar. She has worked in collections at the SFO Museum, public programs at the Chinese Historical Society of America, and research consultant at the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art from UCLA and her master's in museum studies from SFSU. In her free time, she enjoys caring for her house plants and visiting the many museums around the Bay Area.

  • Carissa TonnerCarissa Tonner

    Carissa was born and raised in the Midwest, but moved to San Francisco 7 years ago and was lucky enough to land in the Sunset District. In Chicago, she studied Art History at Roosevelt University in the historic Adler & Sullivan Auditorium Building. This piqued her interest in historic preservation, which led to Carissa joining the administrative team at The Conservation Center, the nation's largest privately-held art conservation laboratory. Since moving to the Bay Area, Carissa spent seven years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, working as the VP of Finance and Operations and later as Executive Director, and is currently Director of Finance at Wornick Jewish Day School. Carissa holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Roosevelt University.

  • 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.