Dr. Judith Valles was born in San Bernardino and has made the city her home for her entire life.
She earned her B.A. from the University of Redlands and an M.A. from the University of California at Riverside. She then obtained a doctorate in Education from the University of Redlands.
From 1988 to 1995, she was President of Golden West Community College. She served as interim president of both Coastline College and Oxnard College. After leaving her position as San Bernardino's mayor, she served for three years as President of Los Angeles Mission College.
In 1998, Dr. Valles was elected mayor of the city of San Bernardino. As a two-term mayor, Dr. Valles oversaw numerous community revitalization programs, including: renovating the city's historic areas, increasing the number of neighborhood cluster associations, expanding youth programs, and bringing about greater support for the arts in our community. During her time as mayor, the city's crime rate was greatly reduced, and business, employment and housing opportunities grew. She was instrumental in restructuring the Economic Development Agency, which resulted in greatly reducing the city's debt. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership.
Commissioner Valles currently serves on the San Bernardino Symphony Board, the Inland Empire Leadership Council, and is the Ramona Academy Charter Board President. She joined the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department Board of Commissioners in December, 2012.