Non Profit Directors – Biographies

Jon Mann

I was born at the Fort Jackson Army dispensary near Medford, Oregon. I spent much of my childhood living on military bases. Soon after I was born we moved to Scofield Barracks in Hawaii, then various Army bases in the Southwest.

Following service in the Navy I attended the University of Washington and California State University (CSUN) majoring in behavioral science. I was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the New American Movement (NAM).

After college I spent several years traveling around the world – on the road to Kathmandu and various other hippy destinations.

I was married in the south of France to the daughter of an IBM executive. After many adventures we returned to Venice beach, where my first son was born. While he was at Berkeley, his mother died from ALS.

I have worked as a Deputy Probation Officer, Parole Agent, teacher, and flight attendant for five supplemental charter airlines. My travels have provided me with a unique perspective on how Americans are viewed abroad. I’ve participated in hurricane and tsunami relief, refugee, prisoner and troop movements in eight wars, which has reinforced my strong antipathy for war.

As a long time Santa Monica resident and internet activist, I became active in local politics through the Public Electronic Network (PEN) and after the city pulled the plug I ran for City Council the first time to advocate for a Virtual Town Hall on the city website, to level the playing field, empower residents with input into policy decisions for transparency to hold public officials accountable.

I neither solicit nor accept contributions or endorsements from special interests. I am a member of the Green Party, promoting sustainability in our environment to reverse global climate change, the most critical issue in the history of civilization. I advocate justice in our social, economic and political institutions and resident rights in our communities and neighborhoods. My only endorsements have been from the Los Angles County Green Party and my union.

One of my top priorities for Santa Monica is to provide FREE Wi-Fi with a link to MODERATED public forums on the city website. I would like Santa Monica to be the first municipality operating an Virtual Town Hall, enabling residents to have a powerful voice in municipal decision making, and to hold city officials accountable by exposing incompetence, conflict of interest and corruption, auditing the budget online and providing transparency in city government.

Gerard Jimenez

Gerard Jimenez has served on numerous committees and board of directors for non-profit organizations and other organizations including the Austin Independent School District, City of Austin, State of Texas. For over 10 years he was a tireless advocate for people for disabilities. Serving on the AISD Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee, where he was Chairman for many years. He also served on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas where he served as fundraising chairman, program director, government affairs director, vice president, and president. He served on the board of directors for Community Now! as vice president: the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Texas Center for Disability Studies for the University of Texas; the State of Texas Department of Health and Human Services Intellectual Developmental Disability Redesign Advisory Committee; National Down Syndrome Society Government Affairs Ambassador Committee; City of Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities; and other organizations and or committees in various capacities. Gerard currently serves as Vice-President of the South Austin Optimist Club where he coaches the sports programs for children with disabilities. He first began his real estate career in Austin, Texas in 1984.

Dave Schudel
Dave is the son of a career military man and followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the US Navy in 1979 as an Aviation Electronics Technician. After serving seven years he left the service and became interested in software development.
Dave learned from some of the best and decided this was the direction he wanted to go.
He later went back to school and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor and a Master of Accountancy which served him well with corporate and private software development.
Now retired after a successful career he now spends time volunteering. He’s helped organizations like the Veterans Administration volunteer services in Austin, Williamson County, Texas ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services), CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) for the City of Cedar Park and the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association in Hutto, TX.