In his second term serving the geographically large and economically diverse Fifth District, Supervisor Efren Carrillo has been active in education, health, water and climate protection issues. He has encouraged increased conservation policy, and successfully lobbied for local funding for fisheries restoration projects with both State and Federal agencies. Additionally, Efren was the lead proponent of County efforts to create the Sonoma Clean Power Authority.
Raised in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa and our County’s first Habitat for Humanity home, Efren is an enthusiastic advocate for children and families in our underserved communities. He is actively working to bring forward innovation in education and health opportunities for those most in need. Efren enjoys speaking with students in and out of the classroom and answering their questions about public policy and community engagement.
Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea was first sworn in as a member of the Board of Supervisors in January 2005 and is now in his third term. Prior to that, Supervisor Perea served as a Fresno city council member for six years and on the Fresno County Board of Education for 5.5 years. Supervisor Perea is dedicated to making Fresno County the best it can be by relentlessly advocating for job creation and supporting a wide array of community organizations and activities-- including everything from mental health awareness to pre-apprenticeship training. He serves on several committees, including the Latino Caucus of California Counties, the First 5 Fresno County Commission, the Fresno Council of Governments (COG), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Fresno Works, and more. Most notably, Supervisor Perea was selected by President Obama to serve on the Regional Selective Service System Board in 2011, and in 2012, he was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the State of California Workforce Investment Board.
Leticia Perez is a third generation Bakersfield resident. She is a proud Highland High School graduate who went on to earn her Bachelors Degree In “Law and Society” at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before journeying to Indiana to fulfill her dream of earning a Juris Doctorate.
Leticia, or “Lettie” as her friends and family know her, comes from a family who have been dedicated to Social Justice and Philanthropy for more than forty years in Kern County. Following in her Father’s and Mother’s footsteps, Leticia has been active in Political, Social Justice issues, and Philanthropy from the time she could could walk. She literally accompanied her parents to Bible College in a carriage—sleeping quietly under a seminary desk while her parents prepared for ministry in Kern County.
Leticia returned from Law School in 2006 and chose to work with indigent clients while volunteering her free time on the Boards of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Service Organization, and New Life Recovery Training Center. Her dedication to the practice of law and her service to the community earned her the respect of her peers and their selection to her being the first woman to preside as president of The Kern County Bar Association’s Criminal Defense Section.
Leticia was nominated for, and served as Chair of the Kern County Planning Commission. She later became the consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process. Currently, Leticia is the Chair of the Kern County Board of Supervisors. Leticia has received numerous awards for her partnership with local businesses, job developers, and community leaders while spearheading some of the county's most innovative economic and alternative energy development projects.
Leticia is a sought after speaker on issues ranging from the nuances of the California Environmental Quality Act regulations, alternative energy development, socioeconomic policies and procedures effecting the Central Valley, and recipes to the best hard-shell-tacos South of the Kern River. She is a frequent guest on local and valley wide radio and television. Her political career has been reported on by the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and she has been featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart.
Leticia’s family is a family of Veterans. In fact, she married one, and it is because of her marriage to her husband that Leticia has become an avid proponent of Mental Health support for combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD.
Most importantly, Leticia is the very proud mother of Jude, her 3 1/2 year old son, whom can often be found with his “mamma” at events in our community.
Supervisor James Ramos
James Ramos, MBA, was elected to and sworn in as Third District Supervisor of San Bernardino County in 2012. In 2015, Supervisor Ramos was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for two years. From 2005-2012, the Supervisor was a member of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, where he served as president and was the first Native American to be elected to the board. In 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ramos to the California State Native American Heritage Commission for which currently serves as chairman. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ramos in 2011 to the prestigious State Board of Education becoming the First Native American appointed in the history of California. Ramos is also the immediate past Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Ramos was born and raised on the San Manuel Indian Reservation where he and his siblings lived in one of three mobile homes along Victoria Ave. At an early age, he developed a strong work ethic through his various positions at local fast food restaurants such as Jack in the Box and Long John Silvers as well as at the San Bernardino City School District. Ramos is a successful entrepreneur, operating two restaurants in the San Bernardino region. He and his wife of 24 years, Terri are the proud parents of four children.
Ramos is a past recipient of the Congressional Community Leadership Award (2003) and in December 2010 was recognized by the California League of High Schools for his support of the education community of Region 10.
Ramos earned his associate’s degree at Victor Valley Community College, his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.
Mr. Ramos has a deep commitment to the preservation of California Indian culture. He is co-founder of the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference held annually at California State University, San Bernardino.