Having advocated for the Inland Empire since her high school days, Supervisor Janice Rutherford brings a legacy of results and hard work to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Janice developed her passion for public service at a young age as a Girl Scout, where she dedicated countless hours to community service. After attending college in Washington, D.C., Janice returned to the Inland Empire to finish her degree. She graduated from UC Riverside with highest honors and received her master’s degree in American Politics from Claremont Graduate University.
Following graduate school, Janice dedicated much of her time to volunteer work with her church, the Fontana Boys & Girls Club and the local Boy Scout District. She served on the Park’s & Recreation Commission and was later appointed Chair of the Fontana Planning Commission.
In 2000, she was elected to the Fontana City Council. Janice served on the City Council for three terms, including two years as the Mayor Pro Tem and President of the Fontana Fire District.
In keeping with her passion for community service, then-Councilmember Rutherford created the Fontana Community Assistance Program, which serves as a network for local organizations, churches and schools to help connect those in need with valuable resources. She also volunteered on the Chaffey College Foundation Board which helps students achieve their goals by raising money for scholarships.
Her service with the local Rotary Club focused on helping families recover and rebuild after natural disasters or family tragedies. In addition, as the President of the Board for the Boys & Girls Club she spearheaded a fundraising campaign that raised $1 million to build a new clubhouse on the Almeria Middle School campus.
After serving for a decade on the City Council, Janice was elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. In 2013, she was selected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Board and was reelected as Second District Supervisor in 2014. She currently serves on a number of boards for the County, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Joint Conference Committee and Omnitrans.
Janice has received a number of awards and recognitions for her many years of community service, including the 63rd Assembly District’s Woman of the Year, A Woman of Distinction by the West End YWCA and Alumni of the Year by Chaffey College. In addition, she received the National Medallion from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and has been honored by the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council.
Janice lives in Rancho Cucamonga with her husband Steve Lim and their two sons, Ethan and Noah. The family enjoys camping and hiking.