2008 Inductee - Joelle Gomez

2008 Inductee - Joelle Gomez

Joelle was born on August 14, 1967 in Pasadena, California. Her father, Paul Gomez was a farm labor contractor and along with his wife Jovita, brought his family to the Lodi/Lockeford area in 1977. She graduated from Lodi High School in 1985 and went on to the University of San Francisco where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1989, with a major in Communication Arts and emphasis in Broadcasting. She minored in Philosophy: Saint Ignatius Great Books Program. In 1987-1988, she completed her junior year at Oxford University in England.

In 1997, she became the Executive Director of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County, and was the Development Director from 1992 to 1996. Her passion and dedication is evident in the change and growth of the Women Center during her tenure. Over the past 16 years she has doubled the operating budget to nearly 2 million dollars and increased their capacity with a total of five sites which offer comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout San Joaquin County.

Above all recognition or accolades Joelle has been given, she says her most notable accomplishment are her two daughters, Isabelle and Alyce. Empowering her two daughters to become strong, independent thinkers has been the driving force behind her work at the Women’s Center.

Joelle has served as Interim Director for Alumni and Parent Programs and Reunion Coordinator at the University of the Pacific, and Sales Executive for the American Division, Colin Turner Group, London, England. She was selected by Assembly member Greg Aghazarian as Woman of the Year District 26,in 2008, awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International in 2007, Woman of Distinction by UOP in 2004, “Community Star” in 2004 by the Power of One, United Way, and “Amiga of the Year” by El Concilio in 2003.

In 2005/2006 Joelle was a member of the Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s Task Force on the Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence. In 2005, she was featured in the KVIE Channel 6 documentary “Viewfinder: The Children Next Door”. She is an active board member with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, chairing the Audit and Fund Raising Committees, and a board member with the St. Joseph’s Medical Center Community Board.