Joan Ouderkirk was formerly the Director of the Los Angeles County Internal Services Department. From March 1998 until March 2003 she has headed the County’s sixth largest department, controlling annual budgets of $634 million and a workforce of 2,486. The department provides facility management and maintenance, telecommunications, data processing, purchasing and materials management, fleet management, energy management and other support services. She was also the Los Angeles County Purchasing Agent.
Ms. Ouderkirk spent 35 years in seven County departments, beginning as a Personnel Analyst in the then Department of Personnel and progressing to the position of Director, ISD. She worked in the Probation Department, the Treasurer and Tax Collector, District Attorney and the Chief Administrative Office.
She graduated from UCLA with a BA. In 1990 she expanded her education by attending Western State University College of Law, graduating and passing the bar in 1994.
Ms. Ouderkirk’s hobbies include cooking, reading, gardening, antiquing and traveling. She and her mixed breed rescue dog split their time between Vashon, Washington and Seal Beach, California.