Executive Director of Categorical Programs
Imelda Simos-Valdez was born in the Philippines and immigrated to United States in 1983, the eighth of eleven siblings from a low-income, migrant farmworker family. After graduating from Delano High School, Imelda attended the California State University, Los Angeles where she worked for 14 years in various positions, including the Administrative Director for the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs’ Gang Violence Bridging Project. In 2004, she served as the Director for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) under Enrollment Management at the California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). She also served as the Director of the Center for Student Access and Success, providing guidance to programs such as the Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium, College Assistance Migrant Program, Roadrunner Parents Association, Early Assessment Program/RIAP/ERWC, Migrant Book Assistance Program, Migrant Summer Programs for elementary students, and a Migrant Summer Residential Program for middle school students. She worked at CSUB from 2004 – 2016. On November 2016, Imelda began working at Bakersfield College as the Director for multiple programs under the Student Affairs Division, including the Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES also known as NextUp), Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE), AB 540-Undocumented Student Programs, Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEAP), Guided Pathways, and Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS). In 2021, Imelda became the Executive Director of Categorical Programs at BC.