The Palms Neighborhood Council
The 2019-2021 Palms NC Board was elected on June 2nd, 2019 to serve the Palms Community and represents residential, business and community stakeholders. Meet your Palms representatives!
I am the President of the Palms Neighborhood Council. I joined as the Area E Representative a year and a half ago and also served as the Chair of the Green Committee. With the Green Committee, I have helped plan several Neighborhood Clean Up Days, where dozens of neighbors get together to pick up trash and beautify our neighborhood. For me, being on the Palms NC is about being part of my community, getting to know my neighbors, and giving back.
In my day job, I am a UCLA PhD student in Health Policy and Management. I also have a Master’s in Public Policy focused on education. I am a former middle school science teacher, and am passionate about supporting child mental health and wellbeing through multi-sector partnerships. Being part of the Palms NC has helped me put my academic knowledge of policy into practice.
When I’m not researching or working with the Palms NC, you can find me hiking, biking, running with my dog, Shorty, doing yoga, dancing, reading and writing for fun, and spending time with friends at restaurants and bars around Palms!
Palms has been my home for the past 10 years. I got involved with the Palms NC in 2018 by volunteering to help at children’s recycled art event and saw how powerful even simple actions can be when neighbors work together.
I am the Vice President of the Palms Neighborhood Council. I am the Chair of the Outreach Committee and the Co-Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Committee. I also serve as the Miry’s List Welcome Neighbor Liaison for the Palms NC.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to L.A. in 2005 to begin my career in education.
I earned my B.A. in Sociology from Marquette University and my M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University.
When I am not serving youth and families or volunteering with the Palms NC, I enjoy being in the sun, reading, listening to music, the beach, and dining across L.A.
I am the Palms Neighborhood Council Secretary. As a civil engineer and architect, I am committed to making Palms cleaner, greener, safer, and better planned. I have lived in Palms for six years and I think our neighborhood is one of the best kept secrets in LA. Since 2018, I have been an active volunteer with the Green Committee, and in August 2019 took on the Co-chair role with Jessalyn Waldron. I also volunteer for many other organizations, including Tree People, American Cancer Society, SoCal Westy Swing Dance club (current Treasurer), Pinups for Pitbulls, and as a Peer Navigator for FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). Giving back is a core value of mine. I am passionate about my career working on historic buildings and solar projects. My role requires me to keep multiple parties organized, on-task, on schedule, and code-compliant; and this detail-oriented skill set makes me well-suited for the role of Secretary. I look forward to helping make our great neighborhood even better.
David Bocarsly is the Director of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, the Jewish voice for justice, equity, and progress in the state legislature. The Jewish Caucus’s 16 elected officials support California’s 1.2 million Jews through legislation and advocacy.
David has worked for local, state, and federal elected officials, focusing on policy issues related to housing, transportation, criminal justice, and education. He ran a successful campaign for Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O’Day in 2016, and has consulted on several local and regional races. Prior to his professional work in politics, David served as UCLA’s first kippah-wearing Student Body President and as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. He earned his Master of Public Policy degree and Certificate in Social Justice from the USC Price School.
David is an alumnus of many distinguished fellowships, including the Jewish Federation’s New Leaders Project, Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellowship, and America Indivisible’s Public Leaders for Inclusion Council. He serves as a delegate to the Democratic State Central Committee, on the Jewish Democratic Council of America’s Next Gen Leadership Council, and is a founding board member of the Westside Young Democrats.
In his spare time, David organizes Jewish community members to advocate for racial and economic justice. He also enjoys dancing, backgammon, LA sports, and scenic overlooks.
Community-Based Organization Representative
I am the Palms Neighborhood Council Community-Based Organization Representative. I have lived in Palms for 2 years and worked here for several years before that. I pride myself on being the quintessential professional and I currently work as a real estate agent specializing in probate proceedings. I am an only child and attribute my achievements to hard work and surrounding myself with great people.
I received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University Northridge and have worked on winning California state assembly campaigns. Immediately after graduating, I became a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America and remain involved with the program to this day. My connection to the scouts is also why I wanted to become the Community Based Organization Representative.
I am an active musician and perform all over Los Angeles. I also enjoy bicycling, playing guitar and rooting for the Lakers.
Representative for Area A
Kay Hartman and her husband Jack and have lived in Palms since 1983. She was born in New York and moved to Orange County with her parents, sister, and brother when she was 7 years old. She has a degree in Mathematics from California State University, Long Beach. Degree in hand, she landed a job at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena as a software developer while pursuing post-graduate studies in Computer Science at UCLA. Kay entered software management while working at Proprietary Software Systems in Santa Monica.
She is now retired and has 37 years experience in software project and program management. Jack and Kay are world travelers and have visited over 40 countries.
Residential Representative for Area B
I am the Palms Neighborhood Council representative for Area B (or Area Boo as I like to call it in October). This diverse community is the place I’ve called home for the last eleven years. I can often be found walking its streets, getting a sense of the place, the people, and its variety. I believe in community and the advancement of open communication, and I don’t mind taking part in making those two things happen.
I am a member of the PalmsNC Outreach and Communications committee. As a committee member and resident it’s important to me to get the word out about what the Council is doing (spoiler alert, it’s a lot) and to create community engagement.
Since mid January 2020, I have been the Editor in Chief of the Palms Neighborhood Council’s newsletter. When I’m not thinking up ways to jazz up the newsletter, I’m encouraging other writers in my weekly Monday night writing group. I believe that if everyone wrote in a journal on a regular basis it would save the planet.
I have been a Big Sister with the BigBrothers/BigSisters organization, and I have built homes with Habitat for Humanity. I am a writer in temperament and profession. I ran for office in the seventh grade, but I moved before the election, so this is my first role in public service.
When it comes up in conversation that I am involved with the neighborhood council, I have often been asked if I have always been “civic-minded.” I always answer “no,” at least I never thought about it that way. I’m curious and I love the idea of community, so if I can make it happen, I’m happy to participate. I like the idea of having 45,000 to 50,000 neighbors. Yes, I am optimistic.
Residential Representative for Area C
I am the Palms Neighborhood Council Area C Representative. A native Angeleno and 24-year resident of Palms, CA, I have worked in the multicultural City of Palms for over 20 years and know the good, the bad and the ugly. I was appointed to the Palms Neighborhood Council (Palms NC) in June 2018 and have been an avid participant in the Homeless & Safety Committee that works directly with the LAPD to lower crime rates and illegal activity in our neighborhood. I spend my days in Palms dealing with the many pertinent issues of our community as a resident, stakeholder, and business manager.
I am committed to maintaining a safe and friendly community which includes residential parking rights for local renters and owners. I am dedicated to creating a better environment for all of our current and future residents with hopes they’ll join us in our efforts to keep our community one of the best communities in the City of Los Angeles.
Residential Representative for Area D
Jessalyn Waldron discovered passion for serving others through acting and educational theater. Moreover, serving the public for over fifteen years in restaurants, she decided she’d rather return to academia to serve the public’s greater needs. A recent magna cum laude graduate from UCLA with her B.A. in History and a minor in Education she was leader both on and off campus. A former intern for Mayor Garcetti, as well as a certified peer mediator for the Los Angeles Institute for Non-Violence and volunteer for multiple organizations working to protect the ocean and work with children, she’s always been active and involved in her community. Being a transfer student at UCLA she became an advocate for the diverse transfer student community of over 7,000 students by working for the Transfer Student Center. As a program coordinator for the Transfer Mentor Program and co-chair of the student organization Non-Traditional Student Network she provided students with resources as well as planned and hosted events to build community and ensure the success of UCLA transfer students. She is honored and excited to serve her home for the last nine years, the neighborhood of Palms, as the Representative for Area D.
Residential Representative for Area E
I’m the Area E Representative for the Palms Neighborhood Council and a member of both the Outreach and Green Committees.
I began my involvement with the Palms NC in 2018 when I volunteered to help at a neighborhood garden cleanup and planting day. I enjoyed the event and was impressed by the breadth of information I learned about the NC and its various committees. I then attended a meeting held by each committee to learn more and try to decide where I would like to focus my efforts. In the end I wanted to join each one but knew that was not possible, so I joined the Outreach Committee to help with overall awareness and the Green Committee as I am a strong advocate for clean and green living as well as health, fitness, and wellness.
My goal is to serve my community, to share resources, to create change, and to help others. As Area Rep I will work hard to give a voice to the people living in my area and help with issues that affect Palms overall.
I have a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Mass Media and American Studies and a Master’s in Human Relations. I currently work as VP of Operations for a startup software company. In my free time I enjoy working out, relaxing in the sun, reading, attending events all over LA, taking part in a variety of volunteer efforts locally and nationally, and spending time with my daughter.
I’m an L.A. native and have lived in Palms since 2010. My main goal is to improve the profile of Palms and the Palms NC by reaching out to businesses, especially building management companies. Over 90% of Palms residents are apartment dwellers, and they are under-represented in city affairs, and yet are the most effected by city policies. Through both business engagement and beautification, I think we can change the answer to the question “Where is Palms?” to one were everyone in L.A. knows our neighborhood, the first one outside of Los Angeles to join in 1915!
I am one of the Palms Business Representatives. I am also the vice-chair of the Outreach Committee. I also serve as the President for the Budget Tribunes. Working hard for my community is something I take very seriously.
I have lived in Palms since I was 6 except when I attended UC Berkeley for undergrad. USC Marshall is where I received my MBA. I have my own tax business in Palms and am a federally and state licensed tax preparer.
When I’m not helping out the City, neighborhood or my business, I’m watching sports, playing with my dog Storm or finding something good to eat.