Deborah M. Hussey Freeland

Deborah was elected to the board of directors of Filoli in November 2023.

About Deborah:

Deborah is an attorney, a scientist, and an academic with a varied career that includes teaching, research, and practice in fields ranging from environmental science and policy, to intellectual property, to immunology, to women’s studies, to legal ethics. Deborah’s community service has focused primarily on supporting students from underserved communities as they explore careers in the scientific and legal professions, and on environmental restoration. She is excited to share both the wild and the cultivated beauty of Filoli with a growing community.

Deborah began her career as a freelancer with the San Francisco Ballet.  She then earned her BA in Cognitive Science and Biochemistry from Vassar College, her PhD in Biophysics from Stanford University, and her JD from Stanford Law School.  


About Filoli

Filoli is dedicated to nurturing and growing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all that we do. Our core mission is to connect our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature, and shared stories. 

About Pacific Crest Trail Association

The Pacific Crest Trail Association’s mission is to advocate for the Pacific Crest Trail as an inspirational outdoor experience, to create belonging and access, and to care for and conserve the trail and the lands through which it passes.

About Su Casa

Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to the philosophy that every individual has the right to live free from violence or the threat of violence.

About META

META is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities to the underserved Latinx student community in Southern California through college scholarships and educational mentorship. In California, only 18% of Latinx adults hold a college degree. Financial difficulty is the most common barrier to entry.


Propelled by the shared belief that together we can save more lives, CLARE Foundation and Matrix Institute on Addictions joined forces in 2018.

Today, we have become an industry-defining organization that successfully combines CLARE Foundation’s 50 years of expertise delivering an extensive continuum of residential services with the Matrix Institute on Addictions, which has 35+ years of experience in outpatient treatment, training and research, and worldwide recognition for its evidence-based Matrix Model.

About Partners for Children South L.A.

he mission of Partners for Children South L.A. is to improve access to high-quality healthcare, early education and family supports for the youngest and most vulnerable children in South Los Angeles.

About Salesian Family Youth Center

The mission of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is to mentor, educate, and enrich youth in under-resourced communities through the creation of collaborative, original theatre.