NOMA Board of Directors
Board members serve a two-year term.
Board of Directors Biographies
I've been a resident of the city for 44 years, the first ten as a renter and homeowner in Ocean Park, where I was involved with preservation and local zoning issues and with my wife and friends helped save and rehab the Irving Gill-designed Horatio West Court apartments, the first Santa Monica landmark to be listed on the National Register. I've since been a resident of north of Montana for over 30 years, made my living as a screenwriter, have a wife who, if anything, is more passionate about the singularity of our city than I, and two sons who are products of Santa Monica's extraordinary public school system.
I returned to Santa Monica after a 40 year period in Washington, DC in mid-2011 and joined NOMA shortly thereafter. I graduated from Roosevelt, Lincoln, and Santa Monica High School and continued to visit the area during the intervening years. My observations include the McMansionization of NOMA and the growth and density of the City of Santa Monica. A few months ago I joined the NOMA LUC committee to see if NOMA and others could slow the growth of commercial developments in Santa Monica.
Last year I served as a member of the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury where the change is to look at all of the governmental entities within in the County. We considered questions of fiscal health of the cities and specific issues in the county.
I have spent my professional life looking at better ways for citizens to influence public policy whether at the national or local levels. I hope to be able to use my skills to work with NOMA to influence the Santa Monica City Council and other Commission's such as the Planning Commission.
A north of Montana resident for over 2 decades, member of the Historic San Vicente Coalition Steering Committee, a founding member of the Docent Council at Annenberg Beach House, and member of the Santa Monica Conservancy.
Career in public service focused on quality of life issues for senior citizens, building bridges in diverse communities, special event, community and cultural arts program development.
I have been a member of NOMA since the organization began and am currently serving as its treasurer. I think it’s vital that our neighborhood has an organization that informs residents about Issues and events important to our area. Additionally, I am alarmed at the amount of new development coming to Santa Monica and the effect it will have on north of Montana residents, in terms of increasing traffic and reducing our quality of life. I would like to see NOMA focus more on development issues.
I have lived in Santa Monica since 1988. I am an attorney, now retired from practice, though I still do some pro bono work, most recently in support of abortion rights. Over the years I have worked to help ensure gender equality for girls in LA park's programs and numerous other pro bono projects. I have received recognition from the State Bar and the ACLU's Pro Bono Advocacy Award for my work.
I am a member of our Home Owners Association Board and have been involved with issues such as the stop signs on 7th Street and preserving the magnolias on San Vicente Blvd. I am also concerned about traffic gridlock in our city caused by overdevelopment and preserving the character of our wonderful NOMA neighborhood and city as a whole.
I currently serve on the NOMA board and am a two decade Santa Monica resident who has restored four homes in NOMA. I am saddened and concerned by outside interests' increasing stranglehold on our city which has led to excessive and unsightly development, clogged streets and dilution of our lovely city's character. I would like to continue the process of helping a revitalized NOMA represent our neighborhood's interests and priorities and hopefully reverse some of these unfortunate trends.
Jane Wiedlea Koehler
Santa Monica has been my home base for 47 years. I have owned my current residence since 1982. During those years, I have participated in many citizen organized changes in the city and as a Board member of NOMA, I intend to help inform our membership on issues concerning the quality of life in Santa Monica. As Santa Monica steps toward its future, I hope to see and be a part of insuring that the city retains its focus on sustainability and livability for all its residents.
Before retirement, I taught regular and advanced placement English and was also a literacy coach in LAUSD high schools. My son, Andrew Wiedlea, who graduated from SAMO and earned his PhD.in Public Policy from Berkeley, his wife, and my two very dear granddaughters reside in Springfield, Virginia.
A lifelong resident of Santa Monica, graduate of Samohi and Santa Monica College before studying at UCLA and graduating from CSUN. I have seen the city grow from a quiet retirement town to a large city and experienced firsthand how those changes affected residents of the area. I strongly believe that increasing awareness of NOMA to residents is key to building a strong and effective voice for the community. To that end, my focus is on building resident participation during this time of tremendous growth.
As a Realtor, I know the neighborhood well and am in touch with residents and merchants in my daily business. I am often reminded of our quality of life, and hear concerns about changes to the city and how those changes impact our daily living. As we grow I want to assure that the needs of the residents are placed first and foremost in any community planning.
In addition to being a NOMA member, I am on the board of the Montana Avenue Merchants Association; I volunteer at SMC’s Sustainable Works Community/Residential Greening Program and serve on the board of The Charitable Foundation, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.
I have lived and worked in downtown Santa Monica for nearly 20 years. In that time I became gradually aware of the downtown area’s increased building heights, traffic, parking and density issues. When I joined NOMA I met other members with similar concerns. I soon became active on NOMA's Land Use Committee and in the Historic San Vicente Coalition. I have volunteered at Venice Art Walks, Venice Garden and Home tours, and am a member of the Santa Monica History Museum and the Santa Monica Conservancy. I graduated from Woodbury University and have been with the international design firm Knoll, Inc. for 30 years.
I was born and raised on the East Coast and moved to Southern California over four decades ago. For the last 33 years I’ve lived in Santa Monica and watched my family grow up here. Both of my children went through the Santa Monica public school system. During the time they were in school, I became very involved in the PTA because I cared about the schools.
I love living in Santa Monica and I have watched the city change over the years. I realize that I need to get involved in what is happening in Santa Monica so that it remains the city that I love. Most recently I was involved in saving the Palm Trees on 18th and 21st Streets. It is important to me that NOMA becomes a true neighborhood organization with more of our community made aware of what is happening, not only in their neighborhood, but also in their city. With participation being the foundation of any organization, I look forward to getting more people involved in NOMA.
Sonya Fox Sultan
In 1990 my husband Bruce and I were fortunate to move to Santa Monica and purchase our first home North of Montana. Three years later, we founded the two-attorney Santa Monica law firm of Sultan & Sultan, Attorneys at Law, which remains devoted to the practice of trusts, estates, probate and conservatorship law. We have three adult children; one daughter and two sons.
I consider myself a social justice activist. I serve on the Steering and Executive Committees of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) and the Steering Committee of Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS). I am a member of the Santa Monica College Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Advisory Committee of Jewish World Watch which assists survivors of Genocide in Darfur and the Congo. I am a founding member of Santa Monica’s Kehillat Ma'arav Synagogue and served as its longtime social action chair. I am active in other organizations as well.
I believe that one of my key strengths is the ability to communicate with and bridge gaps between people of widely divergent backgrounds and interests. I love Santa Monica and I am dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life in NOMA and all of our neighborhoods.
I have lived in our home at 11th and Carlyle in Santa Monica since 1973. I was appointed as City Manger of Santa Monica at the time, a position I held until 1978. Following that I managed the development of regional shopping centers and office buildings for various commercial property owners and conducted economic analysis for real estate financing and development. I am retired and have become actively interested in the policies and actions of the City of Santa Monica. In that context , I hope that I can be of some help to NOMA in developing its policies and communications with the city government.