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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Santa Monica Community College DistrictCandidate for Board of Trustees

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Louise Jaffe

Santa Monica College Trustee
26,651 votes (23.93%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Student success: continue open access and serving full community while increasing completion and equity
  • Fiscal health and sustainability: to ensure SMC's continued excellence and viatality
  • Community serving: ensure continued access for all community members including older adults and Emeritus



Profession:Script Supervisor, Santa Monica College Trustee
Script Supervisor, The Simpsons (1989–current)
Trustee, Santa Monica Community College District — Elected position (2006–current)


UCLA Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Mathematics from High School to Community College: Preparation, Articulation, and College Un-readiness (2013)


For the past 20 years, I have devoted my time to working for equitable and high quality learning opportunities and public education for all in Santa Monica. In 1998, I had a “big idea” that Santa Monica could be (and should be) a model lifelong learning community - see  I have basically been chasing that dream ever since, pursuing every avenue available to me, and working with allies to push that agenda from every angle. I do this because I believe that education is singular in its ability to transform individual lives and society at large, and because I believe that every child should have every opportunity to thrive. I see access to high quality learning opportunities as a fundamental quality of life and equity issue.


This “big idea” has driven my public life. To advance high quality education and lifelong learning for all, I have served as PTA president at Will Rogers, Samohi, and the PTA Council. I founded the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community Project  -- I was a founding member of CEPS – -- and co-chaired for 5 years, resulting in the Facilities Use Agreement which generates more than $7m/year for SMMUSD.  I have participated in the Cradle to Career Initiative since its inception, and, of course, I also serve as a trustee for Santa Monica College!


I am totally committed to the mission of the community colleges and I also believe that I have acquired a very strong skill set, knowledge, and relationships in my home community and in Sacramento that make me an excellent and valuable turstee, an asset to SMC, and an effective advocate and change-agent for student success.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (12)

  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • Santa Monica College Board President Barry Snell
  • School Board Vice President Jon Kean
  • School Board President Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein
  • Malibu Council Member Laura Rosenthal
  • Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Gleam Davis
  • Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer
  • Assembly Member Richard Bloom
  • Santa Monica College Board Vice Chair Margaret Quinones-Perez

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Although I contribute to many non-profits, essentially I believe it is the job of government to serve the public and rectify wrongs; that government should be and can be effective and beneficial; and that public money should support the public good. Most of my advocacy efforts have therefore aimed at influencing public policy and public funding to achieve meaningful and high quality learning opportunities for everyone. 

To read more about my experience as an education advocate and trustee, please see


Videos (2)

Board President's Remarks at Santa Monica College Commencement — September 10, 2018 Santa Monica College -- this video is one of the recordings made for commencement

The video is of an address I gave at commencement. It discusses the tax base and public support necessary to provide students with the facilities they deserve.

— September 10, 2018 Santa Monica Colllege produced this video as part of the vidography of Commencement

Speech urges students to persevere, to continue to vote, also speaks to the diversity we value.

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