Meet Doug Otto – Member LBUSD Board of Directors, District 4

Doug Otto is a life-long resident of Long Beach attending Patrick Henry Elementary, John Marshall Jr. High, Millikan High School and Long Beach City College where he received a full scholarship to Stanford University. Doug is a lawyer in private practice in Long Beach, and has been actively involved in the community for decades serving in leadership roles in civic and non-profit organizations and as a law professor. Since his election to the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees in 2004, Doug has played a prominent role in developing educational policy at the state and local levels, helping to spearhead among other things, the Long Beach College Promise and serving statewide as co-chair of the “Commission on the Future” of the Community College League of California. Doug believes that California’s future depends on an educated and engaged citizenry, beginning with early childhood education and a strong and effective K-12 system. Doug became a member of the Board of Education, District 4, of the Long Beach Unified School District to apply his expertise and significant experience where it is needed most – to support Long Beach students and teachers.

Higher Education Accomplishments

  • Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees, (2004 to present)
  • Long Beach Community College Presidential Search Committee, Co-chair
  • Long Beach Community College District $441 million Facilities Bond Measure “E”, Co-chair (2008)
  • California Community College Trustees Association, Past President
  • Community College League of California, Board of Directors and Past President
  • Community College Leadership Development Initiatives Foundation, Board Member (2007 to 2009)

Legal Profession Accomplishments 

  • Long Beach Bar Association, Past President and Long Beach Bar Association Lawyer of the Year (2005)
  • Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, Board Member, Grand Cru Sponsor and Fundraising Chair
  • Southwestern University School of Law Adjunct Professor, 16 years
  • American Bar Association Co-chair Committee on Victim’s Rights
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • California State Bar Association Access to Justice Committee

Community Involvement and Civic Accomplishments 

  • Long Beach Heritage, Co-founder and Preservationist of the Year (1990)
  • City of Long Beach Planning Commissioner, Two-term Chair and Commissioner (1992-2000)
  • City of Long Beach Blue Ribbon Citizen’s Transportation Task Force, Chair
  • Aquarium of the Pacific, Founding Board Member (1994 to present) and Future Planning Committee, Chair (1994 to present)
  • Long Beach City Manager’s Downtown Business and Development Advisory Committee, Chair (1997-2003)
  • Los Angeles Economic Development Committee (LAEDC)
  • St. Mary Medical Center Board of Trustees (1997 to present) and St. Mary Medical Center Biomedical Ethics Committee
  • City of Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010, Chair (1998-2000)
  • City of Long Beach Ethics Task Force • Arts Council for Long Beach, Past President (2005-2006)
  • City of Long Beach David Landry Award for Community Service (2001)
  • California Conference for Equality and Justice, Humanitarian Award (2009)
  • Rancho Los Alamitos Cottonwood Award for Leadership (2015)


  • Stanford University, BA
  • Columbia University-Union Theological Seminary, MA
  • University of Chicago School of Law

Doug is married to Dr. Freda Hinsche Otto, retired Asst. Vice Chancellor of the California State University. Together they have five children and nine grandchildren, two of whom are currently attending Long Beach schools.

Doug and Freda at home with their dog, Dewey

Grandpa Doug with his granddaughters, Kate and Blake