Region 7 Representative Appointed: Meet Joanna Pawlowska!

Joanna Pawlowska is your new Region 7 rep! She will be serving alongside Sarah Ullman, who was elected to Region 7 in April.
Joanna was appointed at the June 5th Governing Board meeting and has already rolled up her sleeves and gotten to work for the community (she was recently spotted at the Dog Park Committee meeting last week).

We caught up with Joanna and asked her a few questions to help introduce her to the larger Silver Lake community.

Congratulations on being appointed to Region 7! Tell the community a little bit about yourself.

Hi, Silver Lake!  My name is Joanna Pawlowska (PAHL-OW-SKA). My family came to the US from Poland when I was three, but I continue to speak Polish with my parents. It’s a large part of who I am and has instilled a love of learning about and experiencing cultures of all kinds.

I’ve lived in LA for close to 15 years. I moved to Silver Lake not long after getting my BA in English from UCLA. Here I fell I love with a displaced Montanan (now my husband), bought my first home, and am raising a fur baby until it’s time for human ones.

I love this neighborhood and am so proud to live here.

I look forward to getting creative with my experience as a creative producer for NPR – where I work at the intersection of storytelling, events, community and design – to cultivate and promote a greater sense of wellbeing in our neighborhood and create new moments of serendipity with our neighbors. Ideas led by you, of course. So please send them my way!

What’s an issue specific to Region 7 that you look forward to tackling? And how about one that affects the entire community?

Region 7 is such a special corner of Silver Lake (s/o Mixville Heights!).

My focus for any work I do as part of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is to create and promote a greater sense of well-being – physical, mental and emotional well-being – for all who live in our community.

Because the Reservoir is located in Region 7, which makes me a co-chair of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Committee, a major goal of mine is to make sure that we bring a diverse set of voices to the table as we think about the future of this neighborhood treasure. We are lucky to have the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex in Region 7 and lucky that we get to share the wellbeing it provides with the rest of our neighborhood. Please come to the first community planning meeting with DWP on June 27!

Speaking of diverse voices, an issue I’d like to tackle more broadly is outreach and representation of ideas that come before the council. I’d love to get more people involved so that more of us feel empowered to identify and make positive changes to our shared environment.

Describe your perfect Silver Lake day. What do you do and where do you go?

My perfect Silver Lake day revolves around food, friends, and walks.

It begins with a stroll down to Silver Lake coffee for an iced coffee with my husband and pup – and then a walk around the reservoir.

If it’s Saturday, we’ll head towards Sunset Junction for brunch at Cliff’s Edge or an early lunch at Pine & Crane. Or maybe we’ll walk through the farmer’s market to grab pupusas and flowers.

If it’s Sunday, I’ll head to a yoga class at Studio A with Jillian. And then grab breakfast burritos at Modern Eats.

The afternoon is spent lounging – reading or watching something interesting.

Later we’ll invite some friends for dinner, cook, and eat in the backyard. Maybe we’ll grab a drink at Silver Lake Wine or Edendale. But you know we’ll be in bed earlier than we care to admit (hello 30s).