40 Under 40 Winner: Lena Gonzalez

The daughter of an immigrant mother, Lena graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in political science and went on to earn her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

40 Under 40 Winner: Mike Guardabascio


Mike parlayed his love of local sports into an entire career, working first for the Long Beach Post and, for the last several years, with Gazette Newspapers, where last summer he covered Long Beach’s multiple Olympians from on the ground in London.

40 Under 40 Winner: Sabrina Sanders

Dr. Sanders currently works as the Assistant Director of Student Programs at the California State University’s Office of the Chancellor where she supports student affairs programs at the system’s 23 campuses in the state.

40 Under 40 Winner: Jeannine Pearce

One of Jeannine’s nominators succinctly described her as thus: “Woman, mother, social activist.” Though there are many more adjectives that go beyond this list to describe Jeannine, the fact remains that her work for the Long Beach Coalition for New Jobs and a Healthy Community is characterized by those three things.