Bekkie Emery

Bekkie Emery

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

Office

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

Professional Experience

Bekkie began serving as the Social Services Director for Mendocino County, under Health and Human Services in November 2017. Social Services employs more than 400 positions and has a FY 2019-2020 budget of $90 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 by assisting them with receiving support to address barriers for families on the path to self-sufficiency, accessing healthy food options, and accessing health care. The vision “Healthy People, Healthy Communities” remains the department’s focus as they work with 90,000 community members.

Bekkie’s career in Social Services began in 1998 as an Eligibility Worker. She has moved through various positions in all divisions of Social Services. In May 2013, Bekkie served as the Deputy Director of Adult and Aging Services as well as the Employment and Family Assistance Services. Her goal was to help unite staff in implementing the Affordable Care Act, to ensure that every eligible individual was informed and enrolled. Bekkie was promoted to Administrative Services Director in March 2017 and was responsible for developing and managing the budgets for all branches (Public Health, Social Services, and Mental Health) for FY 2017-2018 and FY 2018-2019.

Education

Bekkie attended Mendocino Community College studying Business Administration. She is continuing her education at Capella University working towards her degree.

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. Recently, she joined the 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/Public Conservators
  • Project Steering Committee (past member)
  • Mendocino County Continuum of Care (past chairman)