As Culver City’s immediate past Mayor, Meghan Sahli-Wells is entering her fourth year as a member of the City Council in Culver City. She has championed initiatives to improve the lives of children in her community, and has led efforts to address water conservation, active transportation, affordable housing, homeless services, and comprehensive oil drilling regulations.
Sahli-Wells has a passion for analyzing complex issues and encouraging community engagement, with the ultimate goal of finding solutions that promote a resilient and sustainable city. In addition to her City Council duties, she is on the national board of 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. Regionally, she serves on the board of the Exposition Line Construction Authority, currently overseeing the construction of Expo Phase 2 from Culver City to Santa Monica; and on the Energy and Environment Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning association.
A double major in World Arts and Cultures, and French, Sahli-Wells holds two bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. She has traveled extensively, studying visual anthropology, conducting sociological research, and working as an English-French translator and volunteer teacher. Sahli-Wells’ 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.
As a mother of two boys in Culver City public schools, and having cared for an elderly relative, she learned firsthand the importance of city services and became personally engaged in many of the challenges the community faces.
Prior to being elected to the City Council of Culver City in 2012, Sahli-Wells spearheaded a number of community initiatives and has multiple community leadership roles. She is married to Karim Sahli, a graphic designer. Sahli-Wells and her family are frequently seen walking, scootering and biking in and around Culver City.