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Josie's Biography

Josie Gonzales serves as the Fifth District Supervisor for the County of San Bernardino. Elected into office in 2004, she is the first Latina to serve as a San Bernardino County Supervisor. She employs a “People First” philosophy that is founded on bringing non-partisan resources on local, state, and federal levels together for the greater good. By establishing broad-based relationships and forming innovative public-private partnerships, she creates avenues to build economically strong, healthy communities.

Supervisor Gonzales is currently serving her fourth and final term on the Board of Supervisors. Her last day in office will be December 7, 2020.

  • Colton
  • Fontana
  • Rialto
  • San Bernardino

  • Bloomington
  • El Rancho Verde
  • Glen Helen
  • Arrowhead Farms
  • Muscoy
  • Roseena Ranch
  • Little Third

  • Josie is a lifelong resident of San Bernardino County. She lived in Colton for 20 years; then she spent the next 23 years of her life in the Del Rosa area, an unincorporated pocket of San Bernardino; and in 1995 she moved to Fontana.

  • Throughout her childhood, her father stressed the importance of education to his only child and encouraged her to excel academically. Her mother, on the other hand, stressed more traditional skills such as cooking and sewing. Giving respect to both parents, she learned her mother's lessons by day and studied her school lessons at night.

  • Her parents were a humble, enterprising team. In 1962 they opened a small restaurant in Fontana called “Mexico Lindo.” These strong values of dedication, hard work and perseverance her mother and father instilled in her through their words and actions continue to influence her professional and personal decisions. As the daughter of a World War II veteran, Supervisor Gonzales developed a strong sense of service to the community and appreciation for the country that offered her parents the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and homeowners.

  • Prior to being elected 5th District Supervisor, she spent seven years in public service with the City of Fontana, the last six of those as a City of Fontana Councilmember. As the Chair for the Fontana Redevelopment Agency and the Chair for the Fontana Downtown Revitalization Task Force, she focused on providing safe, affordable housing for seniors, local access to higher education opportunities, beautification of open space areas, and funding for the City's new library.

  • Growth of the Interagency Council of Homelessness – a model partnership – that addresses chronic homelessness in San Bernardino County

  • Bloomington Grove & Lillian Court, Bloomington’s Affordable Housing Development

  • Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy

  • To improve residents' quality of life by helping to create more local jobs, provide clean drinking water, improve air quality, and develop smart growth communities that offer safe neighborhoods where residents can live, work, and play

  • Building strong, economically healthy communities

  • Reducing Homelessness

  • Increasing access to higher education opportunities

  • Promoting Intergovernmental cooperation

  • Improving employment opportunities