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Chairman and CEO James Watson believes in giving back to the communities we build and has raised millions for various local community organizations. In addition, he believes strongly that the education of our youth is vital to transforming and enhancing communities.

Jim and Judy Watson’s unwavering belief in the importance of education and literacy prompted them to establish the Watson & Associates Literacy Center in 2004. The Watson’s generosity also extends outside the College of Education, as they are strong supporters of the arts at CSUSB. Click on the image to read Watson & Associates Endowment Impact Report >>>

Chairman and CEO James Watson believes in giving back to the communities we build and has raised millions for various local community organizations. In addition, he believes strongly that the education of our youth is vital to transforming and enhancing communities.

Jim and Judy Watson’s unwavering belief in the importance of education and literacy prompted them to establish the Watson & Associates Literacy Center in 2004. The Watson’s generosity also extends outside the College of Education, as they are strong supporters of the arts at CSUSB. Click on the image below to read Watson & Associates Endowment Impact Report

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Judy Rodriguez Watson Public Art Program

In 2010, CSUSB named its four-year old public art program the Judy Rodriguez Watson Public Art Program in honor of her passion and financial support for placing art in open spaces at California State University, San Bernardino and the surrounding community. All art was created by CSUSB Art Department professors and students and is displayed publicly throughout the city of San Bernardino.

Recent Awards

Legacy of Exemplary Service Award (2022)

Libreria del Pueblo     

A.C.R.E. Hall of Fame (2016)

Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives

CSUSB Award (Dec. 2014)

Jim and Judy Watson were honored and recognized by President Tomás Morales and the Philanthropic Board for their ongoing leadership on CSUSB’s Philanthropic Foundation Board.

Golden Baton (2013)

The San Bernardino Symphony honored Jim and Judy Watson with their most prestigious honor, The Golden Baton, for their continuous sponsorship.

Philanthropist of the Year – AFP Inland Empire (2012)

The Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented Jim and Judy Watson with their Philanthropist of the Year award on November 15, 2012. Jim and Judy were selected due to their contributions and generosity to CSUSB and surrounding communities.

Trees For Seal Beach Foundation

  • Founding President
  • Board Member 2000 – 2003
  • Planted more than 5,000 trees and removed thousands of tons of concrete, replacing it with grass
  • Seal Beach Chamber Of Commerce

  • 1984 – Present
  • Rebuild Seal beach Pier

  • 1984 – Present
  • Seal Beach Police Officers Association

    CSUSB President’s Showcase

  • 2015
  • $25,000 Sponsorship level
  • Children’s Fund President’s Circle

  • 2013 to Present
  • CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation Board

  • 2011 – 2014
  • Chairman, 2012-2014
  • Foundation Board of Governors (CSUSB)

  • 2009 – 2011
  • Judy Rodriguez Watson Public Art Program

  • 2010
  • Art created by CSUSB Art Professors & Students
  • Presidents Advancement Council (CSUSB)

  • 2006 – 2009
  • Established the Watson & Associates Literacy Center

  • 2004
  • Long Beach Mounted Police Association

  • 1994 – 2000
  • Post Falls Chamber of Commerce

  • 1993 to Present
  • PCCA - Probation Community Action Association

  • Founding Chairman, 1993-1995
  • alumni board member
  • Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives

  • 1985 to Present
  • President-1988
  • Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce

  • 1985 to Present
  • Advisory Board Of The Making Hope Foundation

  • 1984 to Present
  • Friends of Kids

  • 1982 – 1995
  • Founding committee
  • International Council of Shopping Centers

  • 1968 to Present
  • Tools For Education Committee

  • Jim and Judy Co-Chairs
  • James R. Watson

    Received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2010 from CSUSB for contributions to the University and Community

    Judy Rodriguez Watson

    Received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2014 from CSUSB for contributions to the University and Community

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    101 Main Street, Suite A
    Seal Beach, CA 90740
    Phone (562) 430-0503 | Fax (562) 493-5860
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