Valerie Amezcua - President
Current Term: 2019 - 2022Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (No sausd email address on file)
Valerie Amezcua has served our community, not only as a parent, but as an education advocate, Santa Ana City Commissioner, and Supervising Probation Officer.
She retired on September 1, 2017 as a Supervising Probation Officer for the Orange County Probation Department where she started her career in January 1987. During her public service career of 30 years, she has had an array of assignments that included Gang Suppression, Tri-Agency Regional Gang Enforcement, Gang Prevention / Intervention for the County Islands Program, Supervisor for the Youth Reporting Center in Santa Ana, which partnered with the Department of Education and numerous non-profit agencies. At the time of her retirement, she was assigned to the AB109 Prison Realignment Division. She has an extensive background in the area Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, Organized Crime, in which she has spent hundreds of hours training to further her expertise.
Valerie’s comprehensive experience entails community-based juvenile justice reform, gang prevention and intervention, implementing and training in the areas of Restorative Justice and also serves as a Certified Peace Mediator. She continues to advocate for incarcerated youth and assist in development of trainings, alternative options for incarceration, and bridging relationships with community partners.
As a Board Member and current President of SAUSD School Board, she played a key role in the expansion of Mental Health services throughout the district and recognized the need for additional training for SAUSD Police Officers so that they could work with students and community members in a positive community-based approach. She has worked tirelessly to address school safety issues and supports providing each school site with the necessary tools to ensure our student’s success.
She remains active within the community, previously serving on numerous boards and commissions, including the Human Relations Commission and the Early Prevention & Intervention Commission (EPIC) for the City of Santa Ana. She attended California State University, Long Beach and is the proud mother of Mickel Melendrez.
Valerie was recognized by the Orange County Register as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2017 for her work on the Santa Ana Unified School Board of Education. She has received numerous recognitions for her work and dedication for the community, including LULAC Woman of the Year, Congressional Recognition and Women of Distinction award.
Valerie was elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Board of Education on November 4, 2014 and currently serves as Board President.