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Meghan Sahli-Wells


Elected to the City Council in 2012, Meghan Sahli-Wells is Mayor of Culver City. As a mother of two boys in Culver City public schools, and having cared for an elderly relative, Meghan learned first-hand the importance of city services and engaged personally with many of the challenges our community faces. She has a passion for analyzing complex issues and encouraging community engagement, with the ultimate goal of finding ideas that promote a resilient and sustainable city.

 

Meghan holds two Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA, in World Arts and Cultures and French. She has traveled extensively studying visual anthropology, conducting sociological research, and working as an English/French translator and volunteer teacher. Meghan’s collective photography project with children in a Madagascar orphanage and community center revealed the importance of community interdependence and our relationship to natural resources. While living in Paris for nine years, she learned about urban density, efficient and alternative modes of transit, and how city planning can improve quality of life.

 

Meghan serves on the following national and regional boards, and on several Culver City Council Subcommittees:

 

National

  • Board Member on Local Progress, a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country who are committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government.

 

Regional

  • Exposition Line Construction Authority Board of Directors, which currently oversees the construction of Expo Phase 2 from Culver City to Santa Monica.
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 5 Board of Directors.
  • City’s Representative to Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning association, which undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California now and in the future. Meghan also serves as the Westside Cities Council of Governments’ appointee to SCAG’s Energy and Environment Committee, which addresses environmental and energy issues of regional significance.

Local

  • Sustainability Subcommittee, which helped ban single-use plastic bags and is working toward establishing a citywide composting program, improving bike infrastructure, promoting resource conservation and improving stormwater quality.
  • Regional Oil Operations Subcommittee, which is drafting an oil drilling ordinance to ensure community safety, while working with regional and state agencies and elected officials to make responsible regulations to protect people and the environment.
  • Culver City Unified School District/City Council Liaison Subcommittee, where she collaborates with the School District to support schools and save money by coordinating projects.

Prior to being elected to City Council, Meghan spearheaded a number of community initiatives and has multiple community leadership roles:

 

  • Former Vice-Chair of the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee helping to craft the City's first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
  • Co-Founder of the Culver City Bicycle Coalition (local Chapter of LA County Bicycle Coalition) with the aim of bike education, encouragement and advocacy
  • CEO and former Chair of the Culver City Downtown Neighborhood Association, a non-profit neighborhood group focused on creating a safe, connected, sustainable and civically engaged community
  • Former Organizer for Transition Culver City, part of international Transition Town movement that seeks to create resilient communities capable of moving beyond fossil-fuel dependency and into a sustainable future
  • Former Vice-President and Executive Board Member of Culver City Democratic Club

 

Meghan is married to Karim Sahli, a graphic designer. She and her family are frequently seen walking, scootering and biking in and around Culver City.