Rob Rader has been elected chair and Louise Jaffe vice chair of the Santa Monica Community College District board of trustees for 2008.

It is the first time that Rader has served as chair and Jaffe as vice chair of the board of trustees. Rader succeeds Susan Aminoff as chair and Jaffe succeeds Rader as vice chair.

Rader is an entertainment and new media attorney at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in Los Angeles.

Previously, he was vice president of Business Affairs at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios, serving in a variety of capacities. Be- fore joining MGM, Rader was an advance team leader on President Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign. He had previously been deputy state director for Dukakis/ Bentsen in Oregon.


ader’s public service includes serving as secretary/treasurer of the Santa Monica Bayside District Corporation, which manages the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Rader, who teaches entertainment law at Pepperdine Law School as an adjunct professor, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and has a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford Graduate School.

Jaffe was elected to the Santa Monica College board of trustees in November 2006.

She has lived in Santa Monica for more than 20 years and she says she first became involved in community and education issues through her children.

A PTA leader since the early 1990s, she founded the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community Project to create a shared community vision to realize Santa Monica’s potential as a model Lifelong Learning Community. She is also a founding member of the political action committee Community for Excellent Public Schools and served as co-chair from 2003 to 2006.

She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Antioch College and works in film, television, and education.