News & Advocacy

New Board Leadership

March 2, 2020

The Board of the Conservancy elected new leadership at its retreat in November 2019The new officers are: 

Tom Cleys, President, was the Conservancy’s founding President and has served as Treasurer over the last 17 years. He recently retired as Vice President, Asset Management at Mesa West Capital and is now spearheading a vigorous effort to implement the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan.  He is currently a member of the Santa Monica Urban Forest Task Force and a former Board member of Friends of Sunset Park. 

 

Carol Lemlein, Vice President, served as Conservancy President for the past 12 years.  She is Co-Chair of the Conservancy’s Advocacy Committee and will volunteer as acting Executive Director until the position is filled. Shechaired the Steering Committee of the 2011 California Preservation Foundation Annual Conference in Santa Monica and was co-developer of the Conservancy’s Downtown Walking Tour. 

 

Liz Coughlin, Treasurer, joined the Board in 2018 as a member of the Conservancy’s Communications Committee.  She co-founded the real estate brokerage HD Properties, Inc. and was a former digital media executive at Yahoo and Edelman. She also volunteers with IndiLab, a dog rescue. 

 

 

Mario Fonda-Bonardi, AIA, Board Secretary, is the founder of Fonda-Bonardi & Hohman Architects, specializing in residential design, and was the architect for the renovation of the Shotgun House. He is a member and former Chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission and a former member of the Third Street Historic District Community Participation Committee. 

 

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