Advisory Council

Judy Abdo – Former City of Santa Monica Mayor and Council Member.

Mike Deasy – Chairman, co-managing director and managing broker, real estate firm of Deasy Penner Podley.

Michael Folonis, FAIA – Design principal and founder of Michael W. Folonis Architects.

Alison Rose Jefferson, Ph.D. – Historian, author and lecturer specializing in the history of the African American experience in Southern California during the twentieth century great migration and Jim Crow era.

Christy McAvoy – Founding principal of Historic Resources Group who remains actively involved with Hollywood Heritage, California Preservation Foundation, the National Trust and the L.A. Conservancy

Greg Morena – Entrepreneur, Chairman of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Board Member Heal the Bay & Santa Monica College Foundation. Founder & Chairman of Athletes 2 Entrepreneurs (NPO) and Co-founder & President, Blue Wave Democratic Club.

Nicolo Rusconi – Hotelier, Entrepreneur, Co-founder of BLVD Hospitality, Historic Restoration specialist, Owner of The Georgian Hotel, Developer of LA’s Ace Hotel + Soho Warehouse + citizenM, Board Member of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, avid outdoorsman, and aspiring horticulturalist.

Susan McCarthy- Former City Manager of Santa Monica and Marion Davies Beach House docent.