Anu Natarajan was elected to the Fremont City Council and has served since 2004. She grew up in Bangalore India. She was educated as an architect and worked as an architect in India. After graduation, she was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship for graduate studies. She did her masters degree in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Her professional experience includes working as an architect, public agency planner, and as an urban planning consultant. Through a community-based planning process, she believes in creating well-designed, sustainable and livable communities, which is essential to fostering economic growth. When she moved to the Bay Area in 1994, she joined the planning department at the City of Fremont and worked on several projects including Pacific Commons and the Downtown Plan. She has worked as a planning consultant in San Francisco working on downtown and housing plans for several bay area cities and in China.
Anu served on the Fremont Planning Commission from January 2003 to December 2004. She worked with over 300 volunteers in organizing a two-day event to mark Fremont's 50th anniversary. She volunteers with community organizations like the India Community Center (Chair, Facilities and Architecture) in addition to serving as an advisor. She enjoys exploring new cities and their architecture, meeting people, and reading.