Bekkie Emery

Director of Mendocino County, Department of Social Services
Region 3 JPA Board Member

Office

747 S. State Street
PO Box 1060
Ukiah, CA 95482
707-463-7761

Professional Experience

Bekkie began serving as the Social Services Director for Mendocino County, in November 2017. Social Services employs more than 400 positions and has an annual budget of $100 million. Social Services is comprised of the three key program areas of Employment and Family Assistance Services, Family and Children’s Services, and Adult and Aging Services. The Department works with families, children, and adults, ensuring their well-being and helping them thrive. Social Services staff assist community members to address barriers on the path to self-sufficiency, utilize CalFresh to make healthy food options, and access health care at all ages. The vision “Healthy People, Healthy Communities” remains the department’s focus as they work with their 90,000 community members.

Bekkie’s career in Social Services began in 1998 as an Eligibility Worker. She served in various positions working in all divisions of Social Services over the past twenty-four years. In May 2013, Bekkie promoted to the Deputy Director of Employment and Family Assistance Services and Adult and Aging Services. Her goal was to help unite staff in implementing the Affordable Care Act, to ensure that every eligible individual was informed and enrolled. In the role of Deputy Director, Bekkie joined the CalSAWS collaboration as the Region 3 Representative for the Project Steering Committee. During her time in this role the team partnered to add Los Angeles to the team in effort to further enhance services on a broader platform to be serve all of California.

Family

Bekkie has been married for twenty-eight years and has with two adult daughters. She has lived in Mendocino County for thirty-three years and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Community

Bekkie has been active in her community with the Ukiah Lions Youth Football and Cheer, coaching cheerleading for eight years. She has participated in the annual Human Race sponsored by North Coast Opportunities helping to raise money for multiple community partners. She is a member of 100 Women Strong supporting community partners in raising awareness about four local non-profits each quarter to engage and connect people to local resources.

Professional organizations

  • County Welfare Directors Association
  • California Association of Public Administrator/Public Guardian
  • First 5 Mendocino
  • Emergency Medical Care Committee for Mendocino County
  • Project Steering Committee (past member)
  • Mendocino County Continuum of Care (past chairman)