Ismael D. Herrera, Jr. is Interim Executive Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State. He contributes to the development of university-led activities that align Fresno State’s assets to regional initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the San Joaquin Valley. Ismael helped launch the nationally-recognized San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center in 2010 which serves as a “one-stop hub” for rural local governments, nonprofits, school districts, entrepreneurs and small businesses, and residents to access a wide range of technical assistance, training, specialized services, and resources to ensure their needs are met efficiently, effectively, and affordably.
Ismael is currently one of twenty-five people at Fresno State participating in President Joseph I. Castro’s inaugural President’s Leadership Academy. He is also one of twenty-five people in North America participating in the 2018-2019 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Local Economy Fellowship.
Ismael formerly served on the Mendota Unified School District Board of Trustees and currently represents rural west Fresno County on the Fresno County Board of Education. He also serves on the City of Kerman’s Recreation and Community Services Commission.
Ismael earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ismael lives in Kerman, CA with his wife and daughter.