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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of OrangeCandidate for City Council

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Beatriz "Betty" Valencia

Business Executive/Finance
10,775 votes (13.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure holistic approach to homelessness in our city.
  • Foster healthy process for growth and development and fiscal responsibility.
  • Increasing community participation in city council.



Profession:Business Executive/ Finance
VP Operations, AAF Fianance (2005–current)


Chapman University, Ca. Candidate -PhD Leadership Studies, Leadership Studies- Education Department (current)
New Mexico State Universtity Masters, Organizational Communication (2004)

Community Activities

Supporter/Partner, Hope Builders Santa Ana (2004–current)
Member, International Leadership Association (2004–current)
Member, The Gamma Beta Phi Society (2017–current)
Member, Women In Leadership (2018–current)
Volunteer/Coordinator, Chamberino Summer Day Camp (1991–1999)




My name is Beatriz Valencia. My friends and family call me Betty. I am the last of twelve children and daughter of Antonia and Ricardo. I grew up in Orange County. Originally from Mexico City, I was brought to the United States at the age of six. 

These early years were crucial in shaping who I became. At the age of seventeen, I had a sincere desire to serve. I joined different community groups and participated in community events from community fiestas to leading children's choirs. Being a volunteer called to me, and it gave me a sense of purpose.

For the next 26 years, I have continued this path. I served as a camp coordinator, children’s guitar teacher, catechist, community outreach volunteer, collaborator with Hope Builders, and have played my guitar wherever it was needed. This sense of community was defining and continued to shape me in ways I did not expect.


It has been in the community where I felt most at home. After obtaining my Master’s in Organizational Communication, I entered the corporate world. As a business executive in finance, I extended what I had learned in the community to my organization and created another family in the process. Our organization flourished, and we extended our services to other states. Our people-centered focus allowed us to maintain our brand loyalty without ever having to compromise our integrity.

My integrity was passed down to me from my parents, whom I am fortunate to support in their advanced age. It is a privilege for me to share these years with them. I continue to learn from their lived experiences and oral stories, which transmit the heart of our culture. After many years of working toward the well-being of my parents, I felt a pull toward education.


I decided to return to school to obtain a Ph.D. in leadership studies. My desire to improve myself and be instrumental in my Orange community was growing as the years passed. I felt out of touch with my skills, knowledge, and my community. I wanted to learn more about myself and my role in this city that I have lived in for over 20 years. I wanted Orange to be more than a place I lived. I needed Orange to feel like my home. Through my research in leadership studies, I have learned valuable lessons and acquired new perspectives. Most importantly, I have learned that being a leader is more than a title or a position. My commitment is to be a leader who actively listens, seeks to understand, and has a willingness to adapt.


My life's journey has taken me through a whirlwind of experiences. I have opened another chapter of my life, where my voice is now one I can utilize for my community in Orange. A voice of change, inclusion, and justice. Developing this voice has been a lifelong endeavor. It is with this same voice that I approach my new role as a candidate for Orange City Council. My name is Beatriz Valencia, and I am honored to meet you. You can call me Betty.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Dolores Huerta-American labor leader and civil rights activist
  • Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • California State Controller- Betty T. Yee

Organizations (15)

  • Women for American Values & Ethics (WAVE)
  • Our Revolution So. Cal.
  • Unite Here Local 11
  • WIL (Women in Leadership)
  • American for Democratic Action (ADA)
  • LYDOC (Latinx Young Democrats Orange County)
  • Democratic Party of Orange County
  • Planned Parenthood
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • OCLF (Orange County Labor Federation)
  • Honor Pac
  • Equality California
  • Victory Fund
  • Latinas Lead
  • Orange County Young Dems

Elected Officials (3)

  • California State Controller- Betty T. Yee
  • Mayor Pro-Tem City of Anaheim- Dr. Jose Moreno
  • Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk- Silva

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is simple. I believe we should do our best to always empower and include the constituents. I believe in our public schools and recognize the immense contribution of the teachers who are nowhere near being compensated for the commitment. I believe in keeping political agendas out of our local spaces, and believe leadership is strongest when we allow others to lead without monopolizing positions.

I believe in people over money and advocate for strong community relationships. Responsible spending is necessary to manage our resources and take care of our city employees. My policial philosophy is guided by an ethic of care which translates to thinking of the whole community.

Videos (1)

Why Orange? Why me? Why now? — October 15, 2018 Paid for by Valencia for Orange City Council 2018 FPPC ID: 1405231

Why Orange? Why me? Why now?

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