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Richard Taleverdian-Jesswein

Richard Taleverdian-Jesswein

Candidate Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education

A first-generation Iranian American and California native, Tahvildaran-Jesswein earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Hayward, a Master's Degree from California State University, San Francisco, and a Doctorate degree from Northern Arizona University. A tenured full professor teaching American Politics and Difference Theory at Santa Monica College, Tahvildaran serves as the Associate Director of the college’s Public Policy.

In addition, an active member of the Santa Monica community, Tahvildaran-Jesswein serves as the co-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR), a non-profit organization considered to be one of the largest associations or neighborhood groups in the city. He is also working with the city of Santa Monica on its Wellness Initiative that is part of the Bloomberg National Campaign.

Tahvildaran-Jesswein campaign has gained significant endorsements from public officials and community leaders, including U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley, California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom, six of the seven elected members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education, and four of the seven elected members of the City Council of Santa Monica.

Tahvildaran-Jesswein believes that it is important that major ethnic groups, like Iranian Americans, have a voice on the school board. He has stated hopes that the Iranian American community will play a major role in informing his views on policies directly related to education. Tahvildaran-Jesswein is the senior advisor to the Iranian Student Union at Santa Monica College. He has also recently spearheaded efforts for Iranian American parents and student groups to hold regular meetings on education policies in Santa Monica.

Background Information

Occupation: Professor of American Politics

Prev. Public Service: Co-chair, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights

Education:  BA & MA California State University; PhD Northern Arizona University