Dan Brin was first elected to the West Hills Neighborhood Council Board of Directors in 2003 and has served as its president and co-chair since 2012.
In addition, he serves on the WHNC’s Beautification Committee, Ad Hoc Community/Senior Center Committee, Communications Committee, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Streets & Transportation Committee and Zoning & Planning Committee.
Dan also chairs the West Hills-based Foundation for Arts & Community Events and its Cinema Heritage Project, which screens classic movies at the locations where they were made.
He grew up in the Westside of Los Angeles and had his formal education at Brandeis University and the University of California Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley. He began his professional career on the police beat for the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago before joining the Heritage newspapers, which served Jewish communities in many regions of California and Nevada.
For more than a quarter-century, he served as an editor and then as editor-in-chief of Heritage, working with his father, the Jewish journalist and poet Herb Brin. When the Heritage papers folded in 2001, Dan found a new position as managing editor and senior writer of Bleiweiss Communications Inc., which produces magazines and newspapers for labor unions and health plan trust funds from coast to coast.
Dan focuses his energies into building the foundations of a successful community. He is a founder and administer of the popular “West Hills, California” Facebook page, which has become a model for other communities across Los Angeles. His many goals include establishing a community center serving all ages in West Hills, building a presence for the arts and strengthening West Hills’ already formidable reputation for grassroots civic activism.
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