Community History Nonprofit Holds Open Elections for First Time, Seeking to Diversify.
The Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP), a grassroots nonprofit focused on preserving and sharing local history on the west side of San Francisco, is holding an open call for new board members with applications due by Jan. 31, 2021. WNP wants its Board of Directors to better reflect the community, including folks from different backgrounds and with different perspectives. This is what gives San Francisco its unique identity and will advance the group’s community history work beyond the past and into a new decade.
WNP was co-founded in 1999 by David Gallagher and Woody LaBounty, two friends passionate about local history, and is now stewarded by Executive Director Nicole Meldahl, who was hand picked to succeed the organization’s founders in 2019. In addition to their western neighborhoods work, WNP founded an auxiliary program called OpenSFHistory in 2014 that has made more than 51,000 historical images available to the public online.
The WNP Board of Directors is an eclectic, dedicated group of fun-loving history folks who meet every six weeks. As a board member, you will help shape the future of WNP and have the autonomy of pursuing your own individual projects alongside other volunteers who help produce our podcast and videos; research and write articles; keep our websites, Outsidelands.org and OpenSFHistory.org, and social media channels updated; organize, promote, and manage public programs; and catalog the WNP and OpenSFHistory archival collctions from our “Home for History” at 1617 Balboa St. in the Richmond District.
APPLY HERE: https://www.outsidelands.org/WNP2021/
For more information, contact:
Matt Nichols, Board President, Western Neighborhoods Project Board of Directors