Meet Your Board Member: Organizational Representative Jennifer Gavina
Jennifer Gavina was recently selected to the Board of the West LA Sawtelle Neighborhood Council as an Organizational Representative. As of now, we have a full Board with 15 members. Read on and learn more about our newest Board member.
What’s your history with West LA?
I've been living and working in West LA for the past three years. I'm an bilingual education teacher at a local Catholic elementary school.
What do you like most about West LA?
West LA is great because there is so much to do here. It's a central area that is in close proximity to museums, beaches, restaurants, and so much more.
What would you like to see improved?
All over Los Angeles, I've been noticing that homelessness has been a very serious issue. I think this is a community that is highly under served and I would like to see how we can improve the lives of these individuals.
What made you run for a Board seat in the WLASNC?
My principal approached me asking if I was interested in joining as the organizational chair position. We have been trying to make our school a present part of the West LA/Sawtelle community, so this seemed like a great opportunity for us. I have always had in interest in local politics and am very excited to see it play out in person.
Tell us about the Org or School you're representing?
I represent Saint Sebastian School. We are a diverse Pre-K through 8th grade school in West Los Angeles. This school has been a partof the West LA community since 1950. In 2015 we began our Dual Immersion Program, where students are learning Spanish and English simultaneously. We are committed to providing a safe environment where students can find joy in learning.
Traffic is also a hot topic in West LA. How do you personally handle it?
As a native of the greater Los Angeles area, I've lived with traffic my entire life, that does not mean I like it! Fortunately, I live close to where I work, so during the majority of the week I don't deal with it. I would like to start using public transportation more often. I recently took the bus to Venice and I was surprised to see how clean and efficient it was.
Do you have any suggestions to help mitigate it?
If it's something you don't want to deal with there are options. Use one of the ride sharing apps, that's a great way to let someone else deal with it, or take the metro or bus.
Do you have any personal interests or hobbies that you’d like to share? (Sports, Stamp Collecting, Bird Watching, Children, Travel, etc)
I am a huge Dodgers and Lakers fan. I love traveling, I wish I could do it more often. I'm often planning my next trip. Finally education is a passion of mine. I've been in the education field for five years and studied education policy for my masters.