2017 Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Alumna - Debora Juarez (’83)

Debora Juarez has dedicated her career to legal advocacy and economic development. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and the first person in her family to go to college. She spent five years as a public defender, worked as staff attorney for the Native American Project at Evergreen Legal Services, and served as a King County Superior Court Judge. She was elected in 2015 to represent District 5 on Seattle’s City Council, making her the first Native American Councilmember in the city’s 150-year history.

Whether working to divest the City of Seattle from Wells Fargo or advocating for strong neighborhood representation, Juarez works hard with her community in mind.

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