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.
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.
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.
Jahaziel has a business that many men would love to have: he prints t-shirts, the classic garment that will never leave one’s closet.
Baktaash is largely a city advocate—meaning he advocates for making Long Beach more accessible, more green, more pedestrian and bike friendly, and overall more beautiful.
Since CakePops&Co was founded three years ago, Miguel and his partner Cesar have churned out over 10,000 delectable cakes on a stick.
Though Lola’s Mexican Cuisine bears the name of his Guadalajaran mother, Luis is the face of the restaurant on 4th Street’s Retro Row.
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.
Se is a small business owner, web developer and a self proclaimed internet geek. She helps businesses develop websites and use the internet to help their companies grow and thrive.
Since opening up his Paper Crane Studio earlier this year in the East Village, Michael Marsh (aka Mikey Vigilante) has become a common face in the neighborhood.