Jimmie Soto is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC). He earned a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, both from California State University, Fresno. Prior to Fresno State, he attended Fresno City College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. While in college, Jimmie was an active member of the Advocates for Students with Disabilities at Fresno State University.
Jimmie is an active member of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Board and Executive Committee. He also is a member of a group taking the initiative to establish a disability coalition to represent people with disabilities in Kern County, which is comprised of the executive directors form Bakersfield, ARC, Goodwill, ILCKC, New Advances for People with Disabilities, and other various groups.
Before moving to Bakersfield, his current home town, Jimmie held the position of Director of Program Services at Fresno County's Independent Living Center (named Resources for Independence Central Valley), a position he held since 2001. He began his career there in 1999.
Not only is Jimmie passionate about the independence of those with disabilities, as it has affected his own family because of his visual impairment, but he has a brother who is deaf. Therefore, Jimmie knows some American Sign Language, and can empathize better than most, having gone through the communication barriers and other related issues first hand.
In his spare time, Jimmie likes to spend time with his wife and three brothers, exercise, and relax.