Office of the Superintendent
Jim Yovino was born in Fresno and raised in the southwest part of the city by his immediate family and their extended family of neighbors, including Dr. Noel and Gloria Smith. At an early age, he learned to thrive in a diverse culture. The grandson of Italian immigrant farmers, his father was a truck driver and his mother was a homemaker. Inspired by their example of the value of hard work, Jim was encouraged to start his own steam cleaning business in 1979.
Between 1984 and 1985, Jim unfortunately lost both of his parents and was again moved by their legacy. Although he never forgot the rewards of a job well done, he also knew the importance of a good education. It was this awareness that brought him to California State University, Fresno.
In 1989, he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and a teaching credential. He later graduated from Fresno Pacific University, where he earned his Master of Arts in Education. His passion for teaching was immediately obvious and it soon became evident that a career in education was not merely a “job,” but his calling.
Since then, Jim has devoted 24 years to working in education. He has held positions from classroom teacher/coach through principal in Fresno, Dinuba and Central Unified School Districts. During his tenure at Central, he was the Assistant Superintendent of the Human Resources Department, where his duties included collective bargaining, labor relations and oversight of the district’s 1,400 employees. He directly supervised all middle, secondary, adult and continuations schools.
In 2006, Jim was appointed Deputy Superintendent for the Fresno County Office of Education. This move brought challenges along with opportunities and Jim seized both, collaborating with more than 100 stakeholders to create the Fresno County Volunteer Preschool Plan, allowing every 4-year-old in Fresno County to have the opportunity to attend a high-quality preschool program.
On July 1, 2013, Jim began serving as the 21st Superintendent of Schools for Fresno County, where he is a champion for all children by advocating for career technical education and the arts, as well as addressing issues of poverty, intervention, civility, homelessness and the importance of early education. On Jan. 8, 2015, Jim took his Oath of Office to continue serving as Superintendent for the next four years.
Last year, Jim launched the Servant Leadership program and district mentoring for at-risk youth, which empowers students to become positive agents of change for their communities. He also created partnerships with Granville Homes and EECU to produce Education Matters, which showcases great stories in education every Monday during the 6 p.m. news on KSEE 24. Jim’s third annual Career Tech Night brought more than 3,000 students and families to the Fresno Convention Center to explore career opportunities in the trades.
Along with his commitment to education, Jim and his wife, Jennifer, founded a nonprofit Fresno County pet food pantry called Halo Cafe. Jim has two children -- Vincent, a 2013 graduate of Fresno State, and Noelle, who is an elementary school teacher in Kerman Unified. He is the proud grandfather of Merrell and Clint.
Fresno County Office of Education
1111 Van Ness
Fresno, California 93721
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Fresno County Office of Education
Phone: (559) 265-3010 x3210
Fax: (559) 237-0733