Former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board member Barry Snell has been named to the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, it was announced last week.
The board selected Snell from among five applicants to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee David Finkel, who resigned due to ill health. Snell, a Santa Monica resident who lives in the Pico Neighborhood, was sworn into office immediately after the trustees voted on the selection.
“Santa Monica College cares about educating our young people,” Snell said. “As a trustee, I can be part of a board that helps every individual afford the opportunity to have a quality post-secondary education. I‚Äôm especially proud that my three children currently attend SMC. I look forward to continuing a strong transparent and working relationship with staff, students, and SMC‚Äôs many community partners.”
Snell is a member of SMC‚Äôs Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the college‚Äôs implementation of bond measures approved by Santa Monica-Malibu voters. He will resign from this committee, effective immediately.
Snell is also a member of the Board of Directors of Downtown Santa Monica Inc., which works to develop planning, development, and services policies to promote the area‚Äôs economic stability, growth, and community life.
Snell‚Äôs current community involvement also includes serving on the financial advisory board for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, the treasury of the Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), and the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters‚Äô Rights (SMRR).