Supervisor James Ramos
The Victor Valley College Foundation officially inducts into the Victor Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame, 3rd District Supervisor for the County of San Bernardino James Ramos. Ramos rose from an underprivileged youth on the San Manuel Indian Reservation to become one of the most prominent leaders in San Bernardino County.
At a young age, Ramos developed a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit which prompted him to pursue an education degree ladder in business administration and accounting.
He graduated from Victor Valley College with his associate’s degree in 1994, earned his bachelor’s in 2002 from California State San Bernardino and eventually his MBA in 2009 from the University of Redlands.
“Victor Valley College provides an essential avenue for students in the High Desert region to obtain a higher education. Having the opportunity to complete my associate degree from VVC allowed me to move forward in my life to where I am today. Education opens doors we may not think possible. I am proud to be a graduate of an institution dedicated to opening those doors for all students in the community,” Ramos said.
Ramos’ educational background has led him on a successful career path and his resume is unique. He has been a successful entrepreneur operating several restaurants in the Inland Empire and worked in education at the San Bernardino City School District. When asked what some of his proudest accomplishments are Ramos says it is being an advocate for Native American culture and preserving its history. He has been actively involved in in cultural awareness programs and curriculum at various educational institutions throughout the county for over 20 years.
His passion for education led him to seek a seat on the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees. In 2005, he won the election and continued to serve for seven years until 2012. While serving as a Trustee, he was appointed by the Governor to the California State Native American Heritage Commission in 2008 and became the first Native American elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 2012.
Through his work as a civic leader, Ramos received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University (2009), and was awarded the “Keeper of the Light Award” for his distinguished contributions to the Inland Empire education community. He was recognized by the San Bernardino Sun Newspaper as one of ten people “Who Made a Difference in 2000,” and earned the 2002 Diversity Award from California State University San Bernardino. He and his wife Terri and they are the proud parents of four children.