Culver City Council Member and former Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells was re-elected to her second Council term in April 2016. She has championed initiatives to improve the lives of children, and has led efforts to address climate change, active transportation, equity, affordable housing, homeless services, and to protect her community from the effects of oil drilling.
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. She serves on the Council’s Sustainability Sub-Committee, Oil Drilling Sub-Committee, and City Council/School Board Liaison Committee. Regionally, she’s a Board Director of the Westside Cities Council of Governments and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning association. She also served on the Board of Directors of the highly successful Metro Expo Line Construction Authority during the build-out between Culver City and Santa Monica. In addition, she is on the national board of Local Progress, a network of over 600 municipal elected officials who are committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities and effective government.
A double major in World Arts and Cultures, and French, Sahli-Wells holds two bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. She lived in France for over a decade and has traveled extensively, studying visual anthropology, conducting sociological research, working as an English-French translator in France, and volunteer teacher in Madagascar.
Prior to being elected to the City Council in 2012, Sahli-Wells spearheaded a number of community initiatives and has multiple community leadership roles. Notably, she co-founded the Culver City Bicycle Coalition (now called Bike Culver City), one of the first local chapters of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Transition Culver City, part of the international Transition Network.
She is the fifth woman to be elected to the City Council in Culver City’s 100 year history.