Western Neighborhood Project Board of Directors

  • Richard BrandiRichard Brandi

    Richard Brandi's career as an architectural historian began after he and Woody created the West Portal History Walk in 2001. This successful project led Richard to switch his career to history and he now works with architects and planners throughout the state. Richard has written two books San Francisco's St Francis Wood, and San Francisco West Portal Neighborhoods, helped restore the Kirkham Earthquake shack, and obtained a graduate degree in historic preservation. Richard successfully nominated the WNP for the State of California's Governor's Award in Historic Preservation and represented the WNP in an international conference in Kobe, Japan. He and Woody La Bounty coauthored the Parkside Historic Context Statement, the OMI Historic Context Statement, the OMI survey, and Gardens in the City, San Francisco's Residence Parks (now underway). He lectures on San Francisco history and has led walks through West Portal, Forest Hill, St Francis Wood, Diamond Heights, Yerba Buena Center, Golden Gateway, and the Embarcadero Center. Board member since 2004.

  • David GallagherDavid 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.

  • David GallagherDavid Gallagher

    David Gallagher is a founder of the Western Neighborhoods Project, creator, designer and developer of outsidelands.org. Both his parents were born in San Francisco. He grew up looking at old pictures from a box in the closet and has never gotten tired of it. David consults, advises, and contributes to many San Francisco community history organizations and is WNP's primary liaison to the San Francisco history community. David's primary focus is working with the large Courtesy of a Private Collector image collection. He is the producer of a popular internet video series called "David's Pointless Minute". He lives in an eastern neighborhood, but has a view towards the west.

  • David GallagherAnisha Gupta

    Anisha recently moved to San Francisco and is a lucky resident of Inner Sunset. She attended WNP events and quickly became fascinated with the history of the city. Anisha is a paper conservator working at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and looks forward to working closely with the WNP collection, helping to preserve it for the future.

  • Nicole MeldahlNicole Meldahl

    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 as a contractor after receiving her BA in American History in 2008. Nicole has spent the last nine 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. Since 2012, Nicole has been volunteering as the Registrar and Collections Manager for the Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP), and she joined the WNP board in 2014.

    Nicole passes her 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, and will graduate from the University of San Francisco with an MA in Museum Studies in 2016.

  • Jamie O'KeefeJamie O'Keefe

    Jamie O'Keefe is a fifth generation San Franciscan, born and raised in the Richmond District. A proud graduate of Lowell High School, Jamie earned her BFA from UC Santa Cruz and her MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. She did her thesis project with the SF Fire Department Museum and has worked and volunteered with many local museums including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Society of California Pioneers, and San Francisco Heritage. She has also helped coordinate Jimmy's Annual Old Car Picnic for many years. She is currently a registrar at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

  • Chelsea SellinChelsea Sellin

    Chelsea Sellin is a Bay Area native nurturing a life-long love of San Francisco history. She received her B.A. in History and Film Studies from Chapman University and her M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Chelsea has worked and volunteered at a variety of Bay Area institutions, including History San Jose, San Jose Museum of Art, Computer History Museum, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, and the Park Archives and Records Center at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Chelsea currently works as an historian for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center.

  • 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.