Mixing art and politics Debbie Dorsee uniquely serves her La Jolla community

Public relations specialist and La Jolla Town Council board member Debbie Dorsee has worked with city and state leaders such as Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson, Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Senator Mark Wyland and Sheriff Bill Kolender. At the national level, she’s worked with Congressmen Darrell Issa and Brian Bilbray, Senators John McCain, Bob Dole, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, among others.

The San Diego native founded The Dorsee Company eight years ago as “an expert at leveraging relationships to promote public awareness,” drawing from her life’s fabric of political campaigns, social events and promotional fund-raising.

Also a mixed-media artist, Dorsee recently held an “After the Fires” exhibit at Roppongi in La Jolla to showcase her landscape works of vivid color, movement and organic shapes, inspired by her work in helping rebuild parts of Rancho Bernardo damaged by the 2007 fires.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I am a San Diegan so I visited La Jolla many times before moving here and have always loved the area. In addition to its stunning landscape, La Jolla has the unique feeling of a close-knit community.

Why is the area special to you?

I truly believe that those who live here are the luckiest people in the world. To be able to live, work and play by the beautiful ocean and in this terrific community is a dream come true.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you improve in the area?

I would love to see more young people involved in our local community groups, such as the La Jolla Town Council. Their perspective is so important to the long-term success of our area.

What inspires you?

Positive people!

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Honestly, it would have to be the Hawaiian friends who have been friends of my family for more than 30 years. They have added so much culture and richness to my life.

Tell us about what you are reading.

I am always re-reading “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron to keep my artwork on track. However, I am currently reading “The Warren Buffett Way” by Robert Hagstrom.

What is your most-prized possession?

It’s my family and friends.

What do you do for fun?

I like to travel to Hanalei, Kauai to visit many close family friends and work on my mixed-media art. I have been an artist all my life.

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

That would be creating and launching my own consulting business. I have also been greatly inspired by my experience assisting the community forge a blueprint for rebuilding after the 2003 and 2007 wildfires the county alongside two building companies – New Pointe Communities and Stonefield. It’s been so rewarding to witness the positive results.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

“Never, never, never give up!” borrowed from Winston Churchill.



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