Debra Farar was a Senior Advisor on Education Policy in the Office of then Lieutenant
Governor Gray Davis. Dr. Farar taught elementary school, made community service contributions
to public schools in the Los Angeles area and continues to provide services as an educational
She currently serves as a board member of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), the
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, the CSU Channel Islands Site Authority, and the CSU
Northridge Performing Arts Center. Her past professional appointments include board membership
on the Funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Grant Advisory Committee
of the California Student Aid Commission and the College Making It Happen committee of the
California Intersegmental Coordinating Committee.
Dr. Farar earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Master of Arts Degree in Education
from California State University, Northridge as well as a doctoral degree in Education from
Pepperdine. She is committed to social justice and quality public education and is especially
dedicated to increasing postsecondary options for disadvantaged students. Dr. Farar is very active
in community affairs and national and state politics. A lifetime California resident, she and
her husband, Sim, have two sons, and two grandchildren.