Barry Snell – a certified public accountant and business leader with extensive ties to the Santa Monica community and its educational institutions – was appointed Tuesday, February 4, to a vacant seat on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to serve a term until the next regularly scheduled Board election in November 2014.
The Board selected Snell from among five applicants to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Judge David B. Finkel (Ret.), who resigned effective January 14, 2014, 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’m 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’s many community partners.”
Snell is a member of SMC’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the college’s 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, which works to develop planning, development, and services policies to promote the area’s economic stability, growth, and community life.
Snell’s 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 Rights (SMRR).
A member of the Board of Education for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District from 2006 to 2010, Snell served as its President in 2009. He is also the former Vice President of Health and Safety and former Vice President of Community Relations of the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Executive Board, and has served as President of the African American Parent Student Staff Support Group for Santa Monica High School. He was selected by Santa Monica City Council to serve on the Santa Monica Pier Board in 2011.
Snell, who is also a member of the Board of the Century Community Charter School (a middle school in Inglewood, California), is a certified public accountant with his own firm in Culver City and more than 25 years of accounting experience.
Snell received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a master’s of science in taxation from Golden Gate University in Los Angeles.