Victor Valley Transit Authority Announces James Noble As Its 2024 Board Chair

James Noble (Photo courtesy of VVTA)

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA – Hesperia, CA) has announced that Barstow (CA) Mayor Pro Tem James Noble as the 2024 Chair of the VVTA Board of Directors. Noble is joined by Vice Chair Liz Becerra, currently serving as mayor of Victorville, CA. The Board is rounded out by Curt Emick, Joy Jeanette, Larry Bird, Kimberly Mesen, and Elaine Villareal.

“Serving on the VVTA Board of Directors for two years, Noble has proven himself to be an effective leader who listens, works hard as a strong advocate for public transportation, and fights for the betterment of not only Barstow, but the High Desert as a whole,” according to a press release.

Victor Valley Transit CEO Nancie Goff added, “On behalf of Victor Valley Transit, I am thrilled to welcome Mayor Pro Tem James Noble as the new Chair of the VVTA Board of Directors. Mayor Pro Tem Noble brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, evident in his dedication to the Barstow community and his impressive background in public service, education, and military leadership. His commitment to social improvement, economic development, and empowering residents aligns perfectly with VVTA’s mission. We look forward to the innovative and impactful leadership he will undoubtedly provide.”

Noble’s background includes a Master’s in Human Resources from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from the University of Upper Iowa, and an Associate Degree in Business Management from Barstow Community College. He is also a graduate of Flint Hills Regional Leadership and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Noble is a proud Combat Armor Veteran who served in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), CSM/SGM Association, and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), as well as a Life Member of the NAACP.

“Assuming the role of Chair for the Victor Valley Transit Authority is both an honor and a responsibility that I deeply cherish,” Noble said. “As a Board, we are committed to enhancing transit services, ensuring sustainability, and fostering a community-focused approach to public transportation. Together, we continue to look forward to making public transportation more equitable, accessible, and beneficial for all residents of the Victor Valley.”

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