Culver City Council Member and former Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells was re-elected to her second City Council term in April 2016. She has championed initiatives to improve Culver City’s quality of life through such efforts as addressing climate change, promoting active transportation, identifying affordable housing opportunities, supporting the needs of homeless individuals, and protecting the community from the harmful effects of oil drilling. She has been particularly steadfast in her efforts to lead programs and projects which benefit Culver City youth.
Sahli-Wells has a passion for analyzing complex issues and encouraging community engagement, with the ultimate goal of finding solutions that promote a resilient and sustainable city. She co-chairs the City Council's Sustainability Subcommittee, the City Council/School Board Liaison Committee, and Oil Drilling Subcommittee. In addition to her City Council duties, she is on the national board of Local Progress, a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country who are committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government. Regionally, she's a Board Director on the Westside Cities Council of Governments and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning association.
With a double major in World Arts and Cultures, and French, Sahli-Wells holds two Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. She has traveled extensively, studying visual anthropology, conducting sociological research, and working as an English-French translator and volunteer teacher.
Prior to being elected to the City Council in 2012, Sahli-Wells spearheaded a number of community initiatives and has multiple community leadership roles. Notably, she co-founded the Culver City Bicycle Coalition (now called BikeCulverCity), one of the first local chapters of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Transition Culver City, which is part of the international Transition Network.
She is married to Karim Sahli, a graphic designer whose business is located in Culver City. Their two boys attend Culver City Middle School. She is the fifth woman to be elected to the City Council in Culver City's 99 year history.