Warren Furutani -
Assemblymember Warren Furutani was elected in a special election
to the 55th Assembly District in February 2008 and represents
the communities of Wilmington, Harbor City and the Harbor Gateway,
Carson, and parts of Long Beach and Lakewood.
Warren has 35 years of experience and involvement in education
and public service, both as an elected official and a community
leader. As a three-term member of the Los Angeles Community College
Board of Trustees, Warren was elected President of the Board in
July 2002 and served as First Vice President in 2001. He is also
the only person to have been elected and reelected to this board
and to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board (LAUSD).
The first Asian Pacific American ever elected to the LAUSD in
1987, Warren is noted for building bridges between parents, community
members, teachers and staff in increasing involvement in the education
system. He served as the Board’s President in 1991.
As an activist beginning in the 1960’s and continuing to
the present, Warren has worked hard to ensure that all people
living in the Golden State have equal opportunities, especially
as they relate to education. These opportunities include the establishment
of both admissions programs for minority students at colleges
and universities, and ethnic studies programs and departments
at these same campuses.
Along with his extensive record, Warren brings his reputation
as a problem solver and consensus builder to the Assembly, where
he plans to continue his passion for fighting on behalf of California
students in both K-12 and higher education, and promoting workforce
development for all Californians.
A native Californian and fourth generation Japanese American,
Warren is a product of the Los Angeles public education system,
graduating from Gardena High School in 1965. He then attended
several community colleges in both Southern and Northern California,
later earning a B.A. degree from Antioch University.
Warren has been published and interviewed in education journals,
university academic journals, newspapers and books. He is featured
in a permanent exhibit, "Common Ground" in the Japanese
American National Museum. Warren has also served as the Executive
Director of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, a philanthropic
organization, and as the President and CEO of the Asian Pacific
Policy and Planning Council, an umbrella organization comprised
of over 50 human service organizations serving the greater Los
Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Long Beach, Politician
introduced "Kirpan bill" in California assembly
Assemblymember Warren Furutani