Alana Valencia, Director of Finance joined Ashland Public Schools in September of 2017 as the District Accountant and was promoted to the position of Director of Finance in March of 2019. Alana is originally from Southern California and previously held the position of Management Services Officer at the University of California, Irvine in the School of Engineering, Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility. Mrs. Valencia graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Business Administration and completed MPA program coursework at California State University, Long Beach.
Mrs. Valencia began her career in public education in 1998 as a part time student worker for the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Office of the President located on the campus of the University of California, Riverside. Her passion for finance and public education administration grew as she took on new roles within the UC System. Mrs. Valencia hopes to utilize her prior experience in higher education to bring new systems and processes to Ashland Public Schools to ensure effective budget resource management and to promote sustainability and continuity of the District K-12 program.
Mrs. Valencia moved to Southern Oregon with her husband and daughter to build a home and to take advantage of the outdoor activities in the area, including rafting down the Rogue River and exploring the myriad of trails within the nearby parks and forests. She looks forward to serving this outstanding community and District.