May 21, 2019 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Beth Leder-Pack (1958-2019)

Santa Monica Leader and Activist

Beth Leder-Pack, Santa Monica community leader and activist, has passed away after a brief illness.

A long-time Santa Monica resident, Beth worked as an Information Analyst for the City of Santa Monica for 25 years.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Beth graduated from Harriton High School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and her master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Beth began her career working in Philadelphia at Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), a large city and regional planning firm. She then worked in the housing department for the Office of the Mayor of Princeton, Barbara Boggs Sigmund, in New Jersey and then again in housing for the City of East Palo Alto in California.

Settling in Santa Monica, California, Beth made her mark as a galvanizing and dynamic force in social justice, political and community organizations, including Santa Monica for Renters Rights (SMMR), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Santa Monica Democratic Club and as a founding member of Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism (SMART).

At the forefront of the local living wage movement, fighting for the rights of low wage workers, Beth was also a longtime affordable housing activist, having served as vice chair on the Board of Directors of Community Corporation of Santa Monica for over 10 years, as vice chair of the Ocean Park Community Organization and as a member of the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission.

A devoted and loving mother, Beth was known to bring along her young daughter, Anna, to many of these community organizing meetings, sharing with her a strong sense of social responsibility and civic engagement.

Beth also advocated for the welfare of her coworkers as a union leader for the Santa Monica Rent Control Board and the National Organization of Legal Service Workers Local 2320/UAW/AFL-CIO.

For her exemplary record of civic leadership, Beth received the Communitas Award in 2001 from the Church in Ocean Park, an interfaith community devoted to social justice, along with a commendation from the California State Legislature and the City of Santa Monica.

A dedicated member of the Church in Ocean Park, Beth served on the Board of Directors and for many years enjoyed the church’s annual camping trips to Joshua Tree National Park and Catalina Island.

She also served on the Board of Directors for the Growing Place, a preschool she valued for its commitment to providing a quality all-day, year-round early education program for children of City of Santa Monica workers and other working parents.

Beth loved and appreciated the performing arts, especially music and theater. She was an avid supporter of the Santa Monica public schools’ choir and theater programs, in which her daughter and so many students have thrived, and served on Samohi Theatre’s steering committee.

Beth will be remembered for her quick wit, ready laugh, adventurous spirit, generous heart, delight in bringing people together, concern for shelter animals, and her encouragement of friends and acquaintances of all ages to reach their potential.

Beth was predeceased by her mother, Diana; her stepfather, Irv; and her sister, Robin.

She is survived by her daughter, Anna, whom she adored; her brother, Michael Jay Leder; her father, BobLeder, and stepmother, Rowena Harker-Leder; her half-brother, Christopher Leder; and her cousins, Debra and John Kalish.

Submitted by Emily Arms

Related Posts

Ban of Fur Trapping Passes Key Hurdle in State Legislature

March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019

By Staff Writer  Assembly Bill 273, the Wildlife Protection Act of 2019, which would end the commercial fur trapping industry...

Brock on Your Block: Ernest Marquez

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

By Phil Brock  In the latest Brock on Your Block, Phil Brock sits down with Ernest Marquez, a virtual treasure-trove...

Thanks, Village of Field Warriors

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

That huge gust of wind you felt one rainy afternoon last week wasn’t a gust of wind at all. It...

DocDrew’s Swish Issue 9, Volume 2

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Welcome to the ninth issue of volume two of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica...

Active Shooter Reported at Westfield Century City

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

No victims or shots fired at the time of publishing. By Sam Catanzaro West Los Angeles was rattled Friday amid...

Fatality in Hit and Run Crash

March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019

Update: the Santa Monica Police Department has confirmed that the collision resulted in a fatality. Read more HERE Victim may...

Awards, Awards & More Awards – The Other Ceremonies   

March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Awards weekend kicked off Friday in an informal, but elegant luncheon on the patio of the Mondrian Hotel where the...

SMPD Seek Public Assistance in E-Scooter Hit and Run Fatality

March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

By Staff Writer The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public’s assistance with any information related to a...

Edify TV News Beat: E-Transit Safety

March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Edify TV News Beat: learn about the newest e-transit device on the Westside plus the dangers of e-bike and scooter...

Man Arrested in Connection to Century City Shooting Scare

March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

25-year-old Nicholas K. Oates in custody. By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles police have arrested a suspect in connection to an...

Court says Sitting Council can Remain During Appeal

March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

California Court of Appeals grants stay in voting rights case. By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica will not have to hold...

It’s Not Too Late to Change the World…One Person at a Time

March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

On Monday morning, my alarm went off at 5:30 a.m., which was really 4:30 a.m due to the seasonal time...

SM Man Fraudulently Purchases $45K Worth of Laptops

March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

By Sam Catanzaro  A Santa Monica resident has been arrested and charged with Grand Theft for fraudulently obtaining $45,000 worth...

DocDrew’s Swish Issue 10, Volume 2

March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Welcome to the tenth issue of volume two of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica...

Edify TV: Oil Fields on the Westside?

March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Edify TV News Beat: did you know that Los Angeles sits on the 3rd largest oil field in the U.S.,...