Paula Llanas

Director of Imperial County, Department of Social Services
Region 5 JPA Board Member


2995 S. 4th Street, Suite 105
El Centro, CA  92243

Professional Experience

Paula Llanas, Director of Imperial County Department of Social Services began her career in 2004 as a social worker and worked in various capacities within the department including Social Worker Supervisor, Program Manager, Deputy Director, and Assistant Director. Prior to her appointment to Director, Paula served as the Assistant Director of the Department of Social Services for five years. Throughout her almost two-decade tenure, she has built strong partnerships at a local, state, federal, and international level to best serve the most vulnerable population of our community.  Mrs. Llanas has directed and implemented various specialized programs, including working with the International Department of Social Services, U.S. Consulate, Desarrollo Internacional de la Familia, and Instituto Nacional de Migración on repatriation processes for children and adults; and Letters Rogatory, an international legal process with the judicial system in Mexico.


Paula holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences Psychology from San Diego State University.


Paula is an Imperial County native, she is married, with three children, and she is the youngest of ten siblings.

Professional organizations

  • Commissioner for the Imperial County First 5 Commission
  • Commissioner for the Local Health Authority
  • Commissioner for the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council