The first African American woman elected to the California State Senate, Former Senator Dianne E. Watson shined a spotlight on the needs of underserved communities, including those living in her district in South Los Angeles.
Watson received her B.A. degree in education from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1956, her M.A. degree in school psychology from California State University in 1958, and her Ph.D. in education administration from Claremont Graduate School in 1987. Originally an educator and psychologist, she entered politics after winning election to the Los Angeles Unified School Board. During her time on the California State Senate, she served as chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and emphasized the health needs of poor children in her legislative agenda.[More CDU Stories]