City of Fremont's former Human Relations Commission Chair, Debbie Watanuki, has resided in Fremont since 1984 and is a long-time community activist. Serving as a Director on the LIFE ElderCare Board and as past president of the Fremont Education Foundation while managing the Foundation's Elementary After School Band Program and the Guy Emanuele Sports Fund, she gained firsthand insight into the needs of residents in all stages of life.
Debbie combines her avid support of nonprofits with her love of music through both her profession as an attorney and her involvement in our community. A small business owner, Debbie recently completed the Fremont Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Fremont program. Debbie developed her passion for nonprofits and charitable work in law school, and over the past 20 years, she has integrated her legal practice in estate planning, nonprofits, and business with her volunteer work. In 2014 she co-founded the Mission Peak Wind Symphony and now serves as its board president.
Debbie earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from UCLA. She was a professor at Palmer College before attending Hastings College of the Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1991. Debbie resides right in the center of Fremont's District 4 with her son, Jason, a recent graduate of Mission San Jose High School and a current student at Swarthmore College.
- Chair, City of Fremont Human Relations Commission
- Director, LIFE ElderCare Board of Directors
- Co-founder and President, Mission Peak Wind Symphony
- President, Fremont Education Foundation
- Development Officer, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE)
- Fremont Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Fremont Program, Class of 2018