President, SBSO Board of Directors
1. What year did you first join the Board?
2. Where did you go to school?
Masters of Arts from the University of California at Riverside
Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Redlands
3. Fun fact about yourself
Judith is the longest-serving Symphony Board Member!
Yoga in the park
Judith Valles was born in San Bernardino and has made the city her home for her entire life.
From 1988-1995, she was President of Golden West Community College. She served as interim president of both Coastline College and Oxnard College. In 1998, Dr. Valles was elected Mayor of the City of San Bernardino. As a two-term mayor, she 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.
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. After leaving her position as San Bernardino’s Mayor, she served for three years as President of Los Angeles Mission College.
In addition to serving as Immediate Past President of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Valles is a member of the City of San Bernardino Board of Water Commissioners, the Inland Empire Leadership Council, and is the Ramona Academy Charter Board President.
She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Redlands and her Masters of Arts from the University of California at Riverside. She then obtained a Doctorate in Education from the University of Redlands. Her recent book, “As My Mother Would Say,” is available through Amazon.com.