Board Members

PNA Board


Oscar de la Torre, Chair. Oscar is a life-long resident of the Pico Neighborhood and father of two wonderful boys. He currently serves on the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board representing the interests of all students and their families. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pico Youth & Family Center. Oscar will work to ensure that our members and residents have a voice at City Hall in all matters related to the Pico Neighborhood including development.

Cris McLeod, Co-Chair . Cris is a resident of the Pico Neighborhood, 15 years long. Cris is the Secretary and Treasurer for the GSMOL Chapter here in Santa Monica and he is also the Secretary for the Home Owners association at Mountain View Mobile Home Park on Stewart St. He has been involved with the PNA as a member for 12 Years. He regularly speaks at City Council and is a strong advocate for low income residents, Cris is also a member of SMMR.

Marco Marin, Treasurer. is our newest board member. We will update his bio asap.

Brian Oneal,  Secretary. Brian is History Professor and community leader from the newly formed Gandara Park Neighborhood Association, more to come.

Maria Loya, Communications Officer. Maria has lived in the Pico Neighborhood for 17 years. She brings her experience as a community organizer and activist on issues related to the environment, development and education. Maria was recently re-elected as member of the Santa Monicans for Renter’s Rights (SMRR) Steering Committee. She and her husband, Oscar de la Torre are raising two wonderful boys in the Pico Neighborhood.

Catherine Eldridge, Parliamentarian. Catherine, a PNA Boardmember for more than 8 years has lived in Santa Monica and the Pico Neighborhood for over 25 years. She is a tireless advocate for Village Trailer Park mobile home residents which is within the Pico Neighborhood. Catherine has been a long time advocate for affordable housing in Santa Monica through her participation in the Santa Monica for Renters’ Rights (SMRR). She will continue to be a voice for Pico Neighborhood residents in City Hall.

Berenice Onofre. Director @ Large, A longtime resident of the Pico neighborhood, Berenice is proud to serve as a PNA Board member, Berenice also just earned her Doctorate in Education from CAL State La.

Gina de Baca, Director @ Large. Gina has been a PNA Boardmember for more than 14 years. Gina is a life long resident of Santa Monica and has lived in the Pico Neighborhood for more than 24 years. She has been a long time advocate for youth and Pico Neighborhood families. She serves on the Santa Monica Early Childhood education task force, Edison PTA Board, member of Kuruvungna Spring Board of Directors and Founder of Cabeza de Vaca cultural school in Santa Monica.

Mary Cornejo, Director @ Large. Mary is a native to Santa Monica. She has lived her entire life in the Pico Neighborhood. Mary is a member of the Women of the Moose. She is also a member of St. Anne’s Church Guadalupana group.  She has been married for 32 plus years and raised 5 great kids in Santa Monica. Mary wants to work to engage Pico Neighborhood families in issues affecting our community.

Jeff Blake, Director @ Large.  Jeff has been a Santa Monica resident since 2008 and a Pico Neighborhood resident since 2011 and a PNA Board member since 2017.       Jeff hopes to use his background in Healthcare and community relations to support PNA’s ongoing advocacy on behalf of the City’s most vibrant community.

Christhild Anderson, Director @ Large. After getting married to her late husband (an American) in 1980, Christel lived permanently in Santa Monica and applied for her Green Card.  Both her two children went to Edison Elementary School’s Bilingual Program, where she and her husband and were very active board members of the PTA. After teaching Preschool as well as Kindergarten, and Elementary Special Ed. both in Germany and the USA, she continued with Graduate Social Work Training in both Countries and is registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  She enjoys applying her Community Work Skills for the benefit of the PNA to help in preserving and creating a livable Santa Monica for all Generations.