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.

40 Under 40 Winner: Bill Bedrossian

Those who know Bill always point out his love for the children and families of Long Beach, a fact proven by his former work for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as well as his current position as Executive Director of Olive Crest.

40 Under 40 Winner: Jenelle Hutcherson

Though a woman of many talents—her work as a stylist at the Den Salon in Downtown for the past five years proves she is a master with scissors—it is her tireless work at embracing the diversity of women that truly makes Jenelle shine.

40 Under 40 Winner: Marisol Barajas

Marisol’s passion for community organizing and helping women has led her to work at several well-known Long Beach nonprofits including The Children’s Clinic, where she oversaw outreach at the nonprofit healthcare provider that emphasizes holistic approaches to wellness for Long Beach children and families.

40 Under 40 Winner: Mitra Novin

When Mitra isn’t working as Boeing’s California Government Relations Representative, the Long Beach native serves on the boards of Leadership Long Beach, the Long Beach Chamber, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ Legislative and Policy Committee.

40 Under 40 Winner: Steve Massis


Steve Massis has been a familiar face around the Belmont Shore area serving as the general manager of two popular 2nd Street restaurants, Open Sesame and Le Creperie. However, it was always his dream to operate his own business.