Valerie Jaimes is a Chicana, community organizer, photographer, and “our”storian from Santa Barbara, CA, with a passion for community care. First in her family to graduate, Valerie received her B.A. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of San Diego in 2021. Currently, she is the Interim Executive Director at the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center (CPMCC), where she has contributed to the grand opening of the CPMCC, the curation of the premiere exhibition, and drives the mission to educate and empower our communities. Valerie is a member of the Ortega Park Steering Committee and Chicano Park Steering Committee and organizes with youth in Santa Barbara and San Diego. Valerie values youth empowerment, education as liberation, oral histories, and self-determination while channeling this through her community work and visionary photography/ film projects. While healing through art, history, and preservation, Valerie aims to continue her work in documenting and uplifting her community.
¡La Lucha Continúa!
“I am honored to represent Ortega Park and Chicano Park, both communities and sister territories that have been targeted by oppressive systems yet filled with resilience and Chican@ power. I am thrilled to learn from Mentors and Peers in the NLI and utilize the knowledge and experience gained to give back to my communities. “