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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: Dec. 13, 2006


Dr. Susan Aminoff
has been elected chair and Rob Rader vice chair of the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees for 2007. Their one-year terms began Monday (Dec. 11).

This is the first time that Aminoff has served as chair and Rader as vice chair. Aminoff succeeds Dr. Nancy Greenstein as chair and Rader succeeds Aminoff as vice chair.

Aminoff, a Santa Monica resident for 23 years, was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2004. She served as vice chair for 2006.

A sociology professor at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Aminoff has been active in several community college organizations and projects. She has served since 1999 as the chair of the Joint Labor-Management Benefits Committee of the Los Angeles Faculty Guild. She also serves on the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges’ Health Care Committee and the California Federation of Teachers Retirement Committee. She developed and administered the ENCORE Emeritus College for Lifelong Learning at Pierce College.

Aminoff has also served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.

Her children are graduates of Santa Monica public schools.

She received her bachelor's degree in sociology from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master's in gerontology and master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Southern California.

Rader, a Santa Monica resident for eight years, was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2004.

Rader is an entertainment and new media attorney working for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in Los Angeles. His expertise is in entertainment law representing studios, producers and distributors in all aspects of acquisition, development, production, promotion, distribution and licensing of interactive video games, television programs, consumer products, themed entertainment, videocassettes, DVDs, and websites and online content production.

Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Affairs for MGM Television Distribution, where he was responsible for all domestic pay, free, cable and syndication television licensing. Prior to that, he was head of business affairs for MGM Home Entertainment, MGM Consumer Products, MGM Interactive and MGM.COM.

Before joining MGM, Rader worked on President Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign. He remains politically active by serving as secretary/treasurer of Santa Monica’s Bayside District Corporation, which manages the Third Street Promenade. He is also a board member and former chairperson of his neighborhood group, the Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition.

Rader graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he gave the Graduate English Oration. He has a master’s in sociology from Stanford Graduate School and graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Rader teaches entertainment law at Pepperdine Law School as an adjunct professor.
He is married to Melissa, a former attorney and second-grade teacher at Sharp Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima. They have one son, Dashiell.



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