The Santa Monica College (SMC) District Board of Trustees has appointed Louise Jaffe as chair and David B. Finkel as vice chair for 2009.

It is the first time that Jaffe will serve as Board of Trustees chair and Finkel will serve as vice chair. Jaffe succeeds Rob Rader as chair and Finkel succeeds Jaffe as vice chair.

Jaffe, who was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2006, has lived in Santa Monica for more than 20 years. She has been a PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) leader since the early 1990s, serving terms as PTA president for Will Rogers Elementary School, Santa Monica High School, and the Santa Monica-Malibu district Council of PTAs. She has been honored with five PTA Honorary Service Awards and is the recipient of PTA’s highest award, the Golden Oak.

The new trustees chair is a founding member of the political action committee Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) and served as co-chair from 2003 to May 2006, when she stepped down to run for the college board.

Jaffe has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Antioch College and has taken classes at UCLA Extension, SMC, West Los Angeles College and California State University at Northridge.

Finkel, a resident of Santa Monica for 44 years, was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2006. He is a retired Los Angeles Superior Court judge and a former judge and presiding judge of the Santa Monica Municipal Court. He also served on the Santa Monica City Council and as mayor pro tem.

Upon retiring from the bench in 2002, he served as an arbitrator and mediator for six years. Prior to his election to the Board of Trustees, he worked as an adjunct professor of political science at SMC, teaching U.S. and California government and politics with an emphasis on constitutional law.

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