I am proud to be serving my first term as the Zone 3 Representative on the Mid City West Community Council. I‘m the Head of Programming of a prominent news/politics network, and as a 20-year resident of Mid City West I am motivated to be an agent of positive change on a local level and work to support my community of neighbors and small businesses. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to support Los Angeles residents and businesses thriving in one of the largest cultural hubs in the country. I am an ardent advocate of RSO protections, maintaining affordable housing in our neighborhood, oversight on affordable housing allocations for all new developments, outreach and assistance for our homeless community, and supporting measures for intermediary resources for individuals and families that don’t yet have stable housing. Please feel free to email me with any concerns you have about future agenda items or issues in the community.
Mehmet Berker has been on the MCWCC Board of Directors since October of 2015. He is a freelance cartographer, GIS specialist, and graphic designer. He also sits on the Advisory Board for Los Angeles Walks, an advocacy group dedicated to making L.A. a safer and more enjoyable place to walk.
Playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman is a 30 year resident of Mid City West. He also runs PLAY LA, a playwriting organization sponsored by HUMANITAS that develops plays from the ground up and pairs local playwrights with local theatres. He has taught playwriting and screenwriting in the California Prison system and has lectured abroad on acting, playwriting and directing for the screen and stage, as well as hosting numerous panels on a variety of arts related subjects.
As an advocate, community organizer, volunteer, and MPA I am SO excited to be a part of the Mid City West Community Council. Being a Renters Representative allows me to utilize my extensive background in housing policy and make informed and thoughtful decisions for the community at large. I am so thankful to be a liaison for homelessness, and happy to join committees for topics I am passionate about such as housing, homelessness, and public transportation. In my "free time" you can find me in various dance studios throughout the city, practicing yoga, doing my own community clean up projects, and volunteering at various nonprofits throughout the city that deal specifically with individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
Scott Epstein has served as a board member on Mid City West since 2012 and as Chair of the board since 2014. Scott is trained as a public policy analyst and works as a researcher at UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). He is excited to work with community members to make Mid City West and Los Angeles an even better place to live, work, and play.
Andrew is the First Vice Chair of the neighborhood council and a member of the bylaws committee. This is his third term serving as an At Large Representative since 2012.
Lauren Nichols is the Program Officer at the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation where she supports the management of the organization’s grant-making program and related philanthropic activities in the community. She also supports the administration of Foster Care Counts, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for foster youth and families in LA County.
Before joining the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, Lauren worked primarily in arts and culture organizations in Development. In recognition for her community work, the Empowerment Congress nominated her in 2017, as one of the ’40 under 40’ in LA County for civic engagement. She is also a founding member of the Foster Nation Young Leaders Collective, which connects millennials in the community with their peers who grew up in foster care. Lauren has also been an active member of the Advisory Board for Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles. She holds a BA in History/French from Tulane University and a MA in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University where she was the recipient of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Fellowship in Arts Management.
Michael is proud to represent Zone 2 on the Mid City West Community Council board. He believes that now is the time for progressive change to our city - housing and land use policies that allow us to fix our chronic supply/demand problem and help make housing more affordable - supportive housing for homeless members of our community - and infrastructure that supports safe, multi-modal transportation options. Michael is an L.A. native and a serial tech entrepreneur - he enjoys using his “day job” skills to better our community.
Henry van Moyland
Henry van Moyland was raised in Wales, emigrated to Los Angeles twenty years ago, and has lived in the wider Mid City area for the last fifteen. He lives in Miracle Mile with his wife and two children. Appointed to the Board in 2018, he previously served as Co-Chair of the Transportation, Parking and Streetscape Committee, and currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the leading planning and land use organization in the US, where he is a member of the Programs Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the StimULI Committee. A property manager by profession, he is profoundly interested in the vibrancy and popularity of our major commercial corridors, and a supporter of our local businesses and museums.