Alumni Bios

Meet the Management Assistant Alumni 

Many former Management Assistants continue to work for the City of Long Beach. These graduates have held many key positions in the City including Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Director of Human Resources, Director of Development Services, Manager of Government Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Assistant to the City Manager, Leadership & Organizational Development Manager, Leasing Officer, Budget & Performance Management Manager, Project Development Manager, Manager of Planning and Conservation, Community Development Analyst, and Administrative Analyst. 


Elvira Hallinan, Manager of Marine Operations
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, City of Long Beach
1989-1990 Management Assistant

Elvira Hallinan serves as the Manager of Marine Operations for the City of Long Beach. She has extensive experience working with marina operations including Marine Maintenance, Marine Safety/Lifeguards and Marine Patrol, as well as retail tenants, live-a-boards and the citizen Marine Advisory Commission.  Ms. Hallinan has been instrumental in the $109 million rebuild of the Alamitos Bay Marina, which opened in the 1950s with 1,900 boat slips.   

Ms. Hallinan previously served as Acting Manager of Marine Operations. She began her career with the City of Long Beach as a Management Assistant in 1989 and worked as an Administrative Analyst for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and later in the City Budget Office. In 1998 she was appointed Administrative Officer for the Department of Library Services. She left City service for a few years to raise a family, and returned in 2007 to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine as an Administrative Analyst in their Contract Management Division. She was promoted to Special Projects Officer in the Marine Bureau in June 2010 before taking over as Acting Manager of Marine Operations. 

Ms. Hallinan holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.


Amy J. Bodek, AICP, Director of Development Services
Department of Development Services, City of Long Beach
1992-1993 Management Assistant
Amy.Bodek@longbeach.gov 

Amy Bodek is the Director of Development Services for the City of Long Beach, where she oversees a department of approximately 180 staff in Building and Safety, Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, Planning, Housing and Communitt Improvement, and Administration and Finance.  Prior to this, Ms. Bodek served as the Redevelopment Manager for the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and the Project Development Bureau Manager in the Department of Community Development. 

Before that, she worked for the City of Long Beach in various positions within the Department of Community Development in the Property Services and Redevelopment Bureaus, focusing on real estate and Downtown redevelopment. She has been with the City of Long Beach since 1992.

Ms. Bodek holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Cornell University, and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University, where she was a Helbein Scholar, awarded for outstanding public service. She also holds registration as a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and received her certification in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.

Matthew P. Lyons , Director of Planning & Conservation
Long Beach Water Department, City of Long Beach
1993-1994 Management Assistant

Matthew P. Lyons is Director of Planning & Conservation for the Long Beach Water Department, where he began his career in 1994. He reports to the Department's General Manager. Mr. Lyons is responsible for the development of the Department's strategic plan and management of its water conservation program.

Mr. Lyons began his career with the City in 1993 in the City Manager's nationally recognized Management Assistant Program. After spending one year rotating through several City departments, Mr. Lyons was hired by the Long Beach Water Department. He began work with the Department as an Administrative Analyst, moving up the organization through several positions including Manager of Water Resources, Special Assistant to the General Manager, Manager of Planning and his current position of Manager of Planning & Conservation.

Mr. Lyons received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Stephen P. Scott, Manager, Business Operations
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, City of Long Beach
1998-1999 Management Assistant 
Stephen.Scott@longbeach.gov

Stephen Scott currently serves as the Bureau Manager for Business Operations in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine. Previousltm he served as the Customer Services Bureau Manager in the Department of Technology Services (TSD) .

Prior to joining TSD, Stephen was a member of the City Manager’s Office. As an Assistant to the City Manager, Mr. Scott coordinated the City’s performance management and business process improvement efforts. He also worked closely with the local arts and tourism communities.

Mr. Scott worked for several years as an Administrative Analyst in the City’s Budget Office. Stephen began his local government career working at the City of Sunnyvale, CA. He also served as the Assistant to the Village Administrator in Waunakee, WI.

Mr. Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s LaFollette School of Public Affairs where he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

David M. Wodynski, Manager, Budget and Performance Management Bureau
Department of Financial Management, City of Long Beach
2002-2003 Management Assistant

David Wodynski, who was the Manager of the Budget and Performance Management Bureau for the City of Long Beach, passed away at the age of 40 in 2010. The Management Assistant Program was renamed the David Wodynski Memorial Fellowship in his honor.

As Bureau Manager, Mr. Wodynski oversaw both the Budget Office and the Performance Management Office, and was responsible for the development and implementation of the City's $2.3 billion annual operating budget as well as the integration of the City's commitment to performance management, known as Focus On Results (FOR) Long Beach. From 2003 - 2007, Mr. Wodynski served as the City's Budget Management Officer, assisting in the development and implementation of the Financial Strategic Plan that eliminated the $102 million structural deficit in the General Fund.

Prior to joining the City team as a Management Assistant in 2002, Mr. Wodynski served in a variety of municipal management and international development positions. Mr. Wodynski began his career with the Peace Corps, serving as a Volunteer in Tunisia from 1992 - 1994. Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Wodynski joined the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) International Municipal Programs team, where he managed several municipal development programs in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan from 1995 - 2000. In 2002, following completion of his graduate studies, Mr. Wodynski served as a Public Finance Advisor with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), providing budgeting and finance technical assistance to cantons and municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mr. Wodynski graduated from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where he received his Master's Degree in Public Administration in 2001. He received a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of San Diego in 1992.

Tom Modica, Assistant City Manager
City Manager’s Office, City of Long Beach 
2002-2003 Management Assistant
Tom.Modica@longbeach.gov

Tom Modica was appointed by the City Council to the Assistant City Manager position on November 11, 2014. Previously, he was the Deputy City Manager, and served in an executive management role to assist the City Manager and Assistant City Manager guide and facilitate department projects, lead special initiatives, solve problems, continue the City’s innovation and technology efforts, and maintain Long Beach’s position as a regional leader on municipal issues.

 

Tom Modica oversees external affairs, maintaining oversight over Government Affairs, Communications and Regional initiatives like water quality, transportation, regional planning, and state and regional funding issues. He also oversees the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division, which is responsible for a $125 million capital improvement program in the City’s coastal area. Tom has worked with City departments and elected officials on several initiatives over the years, including the long-term improvement in the City’s ocean water quality, management and oversight of $120 million in Stimulus funds, protection of the City’s interests through the dissolution of Redevelopment, the study of the Long Beach Breakwater, the 2010 City Council Redistricting process, the Boeing 777x attraction effort, and coordinating citywide media and communications issues, including the City’s award-winning use of social media. Tom has also played key roles in managing the City's finances since 2002, helping to craft solutions that structurally address cost growth while protecting key City services.

 
Tom Modica has worked for the City of Long Beach since 2002, starting as a Management Assistant in July 2002, and has served in a number of different roles in the City Manager’s Office including Assistant to the City Manager, Government Affairs Manager, and Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. He hails from Tucson, Arizona.  Tom received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and two children.

John P. Keisler, Chief Financial Officer
Long Beach Police Department
2005-2006 Management Assistant
John.Keisler@longbeach.gov

John Keisler was a Management Assistant from 2005-2006, serving in the Budget Office, Port of Long Beach, Library Department, and the City Manager's Office. Appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Long Beach Police Department in 2013, John is responsible for the fiscal operations of the Department's $211 million budget, purchasing, accounting, contracts, and grant Management.

Previously, John served as the Business Operations Manager for the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department. His duties included administration of the Department's $54 million annual operating budget, contracts, safety, and communications divisions. Prior to his appointment, he spent three years as the Manager of Animal Care Services, covering five areas cities and over 600,000 residents.

Mr. Keisler's career path includes a lifetime of public service. After completing bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, he signed up for Teach For America (an AmeriCorps program) and taught for three years at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey where he received the school district “Best Practices Award for Innovative Practices” as a first year teacher in the Newark Public School District.

Turning to local government, John worked for two years with the League of California Cities, Orange County Division and the Orange County Council of Governments as a Policy Assistant while finishing his Master of Public Administration at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development. He currently serves on the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Committee for Preparing the Next Generation and as the Regional Chair for the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) in South Los Angeles.

John lives in the City of Long Beach with his beautiful wife Laura and his two sons, Christopher and Benjamin, where he coaches soccer and loves to attend summer concerts in the park.

Renee K. Moilanen, Environmental Specialist Associate
Port of Long Beach 
2005-2006 Management Assistant
moilanen@polb.com

Renee is an Environmental Specialist Associate with the Port of Long Beach's Environmental Planning Division.  In this role Ms. Moilanen develops and implements the Port's first community grant program, manages $1.6 million in federal greant and helps develop policies to reduce port-related air pollution.  Prior to this, Ms. Moilanen was the Administrative Coordinator for the Communications Division at the Port of Long Beach.

Renee Moilanen was born and raised in Miami, Fla., but now considers herself a true Californian. Ms. Moilanen joined the City of Long Beach in 2005 as a Management Assistant, where she helped lead projects such as a comprehensive review of public information and marketing, an evaluation of the jail medical program, and the adoption of national public health standards for the Health Department. In 2006, Ms.Moilanen joined the Harbor Department as an Administrative Coordinator for the Communications Division, where she oversees budgeting and purchasing and assists with project management, community outreach and special events.

Ms. Moilanen graduated from the University of Florida in 1998 with a degree in English and minors in Religion and Women’s Studies and received her Master of Public Policy from UCLA in 2005. Prior to her work in government, Ms.Moilanen was a reporter at several daily newspapers in the Bay Area and Southern California, including the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Breeze. She won numerous local, state, and national awards for her articles on education and municipal issues, and she was named a fellow at the Institute of Educational Inquiry in Seattle.

Renee lives in Redondo Beach with her husband, Leigh, an aerospace engineer and fellow Gator.

Eric Lopez, Tidelands Capital Projects Program Manager
City Manager’s Office, City of Long Beach
2006-2007 Management Assistant
Eric.Lopez@longbeach.gov 

Eric Lopez oversees the City of Long Beach Tidelands Capital Projects Program, which consists of over $300 million in identified projects throughout the City's tidelands area, which include its beaches and waterways.  There are currently $60 million in active projects, including the rebuild of 15 beach restrooms, construction of a new 3.1 mile pedestrian path adjacent to the current bike path, reconstruction of the City's Leeway Sailing Center, bluff access and erosion control improvements, repaving of beach parking lots and installation of new parking equipment, and various improvements to the City's Convention Center complex and other tidelands infrastructure.  Eric previously managed the Colorado Lagoon Restoration project, and helped transform the Colorado Lagoon into one of the best water quality beaches in the City - a vast improvement from its identification as the 4th worst water quality beach in CA!

Eric earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2004. While at UCLA, Eric was an active member of the campus and greater Los Angeles community and held several leadership roles, including: Chairman and Budget Director of the Associated Students of UCLA Community Service Mini Fund; Director of the Barrio Youth Alternatives, a tutoring and mentoring program in South Central Los Angeles; and Assistant Director of a student- initiated and funded college retention program.

During his junior year at UCLA, Eric participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which helped unveil his passion for Public Affairs. In 2004, Eric accepted a fellowship offer from the University of Michigan and graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2006.

Nancy Villaseñor, Administrative Analyst
Department of Library Services, City of Long Beach
2007-2008 Management Assistant 
Nancy.Villasenor@longbeach.gov

Nancy currently works as an Administrative Analyst in the Department of Library Services. She first served the City of Long Beach while still in high school as a peer advocate for the Department of Health and Human Resources.

She has worked as a community organizer and grant writer for a Los Angeles nonprofit where she later served as board president, planning intern for the City of Torrance, teaching assistant at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, Management Assistant with the City of Long Beach, Administrative Analyst for the Long Beach Departments of Human Resources and Public Works, and nine years in the Army Reserve.

Nancy graduated from Millikan High School in Long Beach, received a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and a Master of Arts Degree in Urban Planning from the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

Raised in Long Beach, Nancy is proud to serve the community she grew up in. 

Grace H. Yoon, Budget Operations Officer
Department of Financial Management, City of Long Beach
2007-2008 Management Assistant 
Grace.Yoon@longbeach.gov

Grace Yoon is currently working as a Budget Operations Officer in the Department of Financial Management, where she works with a team to assemble and develop the City’s annual operating budget. In addition, Budget Office staff provides analysis for citywide collective bargaining negotiations; monitors capital expenditures and fund balances; evaluates and makes recommendations on budget appropriations requests; drafts reports for the City’s management team, Mayor and City Council; and provides training and guidance on citywide budget process to all departments and levels of the organization. Before joining Financial Management, Grace worked in the Department of Human Resources and started with the City as a 2007-2008 Management Assistant.

Grace is a graduate of the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in international development. For her thesis project, she researched success indicators for youth livelihood programs, traveling to Nigeria to conduct in-depth case studies. While pursuing her degree, she also worked for the Local Initiative Support Corporation as the project manager of a program working to build the organizational technology capacity of community development corporations.

Prior to her graduate studies, Grace spent a year teaching English in South Korea through the Fulbright Scholarship Program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. During her senior year, she was awarded a grant from the University to conduct a research project on the underutilization of mental health services for Korean American immigrants. Grace now resides with her husband, a youth pastor, in Orange.

Charlene Angsuco, Capital Projects Coordinator
Tidelands Division of the City Manager, City of Long Beach
2011-2012 Management Assistant
Charlene.Angsuco@longbeach.gov

Charlene Angsuco is currently a Capital Projects Coordinator for the City of Long Beach. She received her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine. While pursuing her graduate education, she interned in the Office of Sustainability and Planning Bureau at the City of Long Beach where she was instrumental in the development of a grant application which awarded the City $418,000 for streetscape improvement projects along the Atlantic Avenue corridor.  Prior to the Management Assistant Program, she spent a year in the Comprehensive Planning Division at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) whose efforts included linking land use and transportation to create a more livable and sustainable region.

Charlene received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she doubled-majored in Political Science and Social Welfare. As an undergraduate student, she developed an interest in California politics and education policy and pursued those interests through an internship at the California Department of Education in the Executive Office of State Superintendent Jack O’Connell. During her time at CDE, she researched programs and policies to help reduce the educational achievement gap that exists between various ethnic and socioeconomic groups. As a student, she was involved in a number of educational organizations tutoring youth in Oakland, Berkeley, and as well as inmates from the San Quentin State Prison. In more of a policy role, she participated in lobbying efforts with the Cal Lobby Corps who advocated for higher education access, affordability, and quality to California State lawmakers. She is a recipient of the Cal Alumni Scholarship and Leadership Award and is a UC Center Sacramento Scholar-Intern Alumna. 

Ajay Kolluri, Budget Analyst
Department of Financial Management, City of Long Beach
2011-2012 Management Assistant
Ajay.Kolluri@longbeach.gov

Ajay Kolluri is currently a Budget Analyst for the Department of Financial Management in the City of Long Beach. Before that, he served as an Administrative Analyst for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.  During his time as a Management Assistant, Ajay completed rotations in Public Works, the City Manager's Office and Financial Management.  Before working for the City, Ajay earned a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he focused his coursework for a career in public finance.  In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ajay experienced cold for the first time and vowed never to let it happen again.

While earning his graduate degree, Ajay interned for the Office of Management and Budget, where he helped the Treasury division study ways to levy medical providers who are delinquent on Federal tax debt.  Before graduate school, Ajay also worked as a Research Analyst at LECG and assisted expert witnesses in calculating damages related to securities fraud for court cases.

Ajay is a native of California and grew up in Sunnyvale in Northern California.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has also interned at Maxim Integrated Products, a semiconductor company where he helped track the financial performance of new products.  Ajay enjoys surfing, biking, and playing the drums, and sorely misses Michigan intramural broomball.

Sarah Price, Capital Projects Coordinator
Department of Public Works, City of Long Beach
2010-2011 Management Assistant

Sarah Price is currently a Capital Projects Coordinator for the City of Long Beach, where she serves as the project manager for a variety of capital improvement projects with a focus on sustainability. Sarah’s previous projects include the LEED-Silver Orizaba Park Community Building, electric vehicle charging stations, retrocommissioning City facilities, $8M+ in new parks, and the new East Division Police Sub-Station. Sarah also oversees the City’s street lighting contract.

Sarah joined the Management Assistant Program after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she received a dual Master’s Degree in Urban Planning (MUP) and Business Administration (MBA). While a graduate student, Sarah served as an intern with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, an affordable housing developer, a private policy and planning consultant, and as a teaching assistant for real estate and nonprofit development courses at UCLA.

Originally from Washington, DC, Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Brant Birkeland, Planner
Department of Development Services, City of Long Beach
2012-2013 Management Assistant
Brant.Birkeland@longbeach.gov

Brant Birkeland, AICP currently serves as a Planner in the City of Long Beach's Development Services Department. Brant manages a variety of long range planning initiatives as well as current planning and entitlement projects.  Brant is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). As a Management Assistant, he completed rotations in the City Manager’s Office, Development Services, Human Resources and Financial Management.
Prior to working for the City of Long Beach, Brant worked on a number of projects that promote healthy, active and walkable communities, and served as a contributing author in the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) and AARP joint publication: From Inspiration to Action: Implementing Projects to Support Active Living.

Brant earned a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he focused on land use planning and policy. As a student, Brant was a member of the Public Affairs Student Association and worked on a variety of University projects and initiatives.
A native of Montana, Brant thoroughly enjoys the sunshine and beaches of California – and the ample opportunity to compete in and train for triathlons, hike and explore new foods. 
 

Angie Johnson
Department of Health and Human Services, City of Long Beach
2013-2014 Management Assistant
Angie.Johnson@longbeach.gov

Daniel Payan
Long Beach Police Department
2013-2014 Management Assistant
Daniel.Payan@longbeach.gov

Rachael Tanner, Program Specialist
City of Long Beach
2013-2014 Management Assistant
Rachael.Tanner@longbeach.gov

Rachael spent her MA year in the City Manager's Office, Department of Financial Management, the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division and Development Services (which includes Planning, Building and Safety, and Neighborhood Services). 

After concluding her MA year, Rachael became a program specialist in the City Manager’s Office.  As a program specialist, she works on a variety of projects including ongoing support for Tidelands capital projects, developing and executing strategic communications initiatives, and policy analysis.

Rachael moved to Long Beach from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she completed a Master's degree in City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  During two years of study, Rachael focused on economic development.  From 2007- 2011, Rachael worked for Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community (ISAAC), a non-profit organizing for justice and equitable policies in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.  Rachael first served as organizer and then executive director of ISAAC. 

Rachael was born and raised in Kalamazoo.  She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she studied Political Science with minors in Spanish and Urban and Community Studies.  

Andrew Quinn, Management Assistant
City of Long Beach
2014-2015 Management Assistant
Andrew.Quinn@longbeach.gov

Andrew Quinn is a 2014-15 Management Assistant in the City of Long Beach, doing his rotations in the City Manager's Office, the Tidelands Division, the Fire Department, and the Department of Financial Management.

Prior to the Management Assistant program, Andrew worked as an international development consultant for the World Bank, the Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, and several NGO's based in London. As part of this work, he researched and developed reports on local governance and finance issues in South Asia; the financing of water and sanitation in Tanzania; sustainable cities and transportation issues; and other international development policies.

Andrew is a graduate of the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where he earned his Master's in Urban Planning. For his thesis project, he researched water and sanitation services in Nicaragua, traveling to the county to conduct in-depth interviews and field work with local, regional, national, and international officials. While pursuing his degree, he also worked for the New York Academy of Medicine, researching international urban health issues and the linkages between urban planning and public health.

He received his Bachelor's degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is originally from Baltimore, MD.

Athena Ullah, Management Assistant
City of Long Beach
2014-2015 Management Assistant
Athena.Ullah@longbeach.gov  

Athena Ulla is a long time student and early practitioner committed to building stronger communities. Using her background in economics, labor, and policy, she has spent time helping both governmental agencies and non-profits build out research agendas and implement programs. From Portland, OR to Broward County, FL, these experiences allowed her to participate in projects scattered throughout the country. 

Athena is doing rotations in the City Manager's Office, the Department of Public Works, the Fire Department, and the Department of Financial Management.

Athena is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Economics and City Planning. She was awarded the Dean Lerman Full-Scholarship to attend he Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she earned her Masters of City Planning. 

Seyron Foo, Management Assistant
City of Long Beach
2014-2015 Management Assistant
Seyron.Foo@longbeach.gov


Seyron Foo currently serves as a 2014-2015 Management Assistant in the City of Long Beach. His rotations include the City Manager’s Office, the Department of Public Works, Long Beach Airport, and the Budget Bureau in the Department of Financial Management.

Prior to graduate school, Seyron served as a legislative aide to then-California Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, where he worked on issues pertaining to civil law, civil rights, transportation and housing policy, and public pensions. He was also the staff consultant for the Senate Select Committee on Biotechnology, and also staffed Senator Corbett on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s implemented policy to deploy electric vehicles in California, and negotiated extensive legislation to address the foreclosure crisis. Seyron also served as the Majority Leader’s liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. He started in the Legislature as a California Senate Fellow.

While pursuing his graduate studies, he worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he performed project management in the Maritime Division and analyzed transportation policy. He also spent a summer as an international economist in the United States Department of the Treasury, where he analyzed macroeconomic data in the Office of the Middle East.

Seyron earned his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and his Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship, and completed his Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School in 2008.

 

Where Are They Now?

Positions held by former Management Assistants outside of the City of Long Beach include: City Manager (Lafayette, CA); Town Manager (Grand Chute, WI); City Manager (Santa Paula, CA); Assistant City Manager (Novato, CA); Director of Administrative Services (Los Alamitos, CA); Local Government/Community Relations Representative (Long Beach Transit); Deputy of Constituent Services for the Democratic National Convention, and District Director for a State Senator. 

Gail Wasil, Assistant Director of Real Estate (retired)
Properties Division, Port of Long Beach
1982-1983 Management Assistant

Gail Wasil grew up in Upstate New York. She attended Syracuse University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in state and local finance. She has worked for the City of Long Beach since 1982.

Ms. Wasil has worked with retail, office and industrial development projects throughout the City as a Development Project Manager and then, Leasing Officer with the Community Development Department. For over eight years, Ms. Wasil was the Superintendent of Contract Management and Revenue Development for the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. In that position, she oversaw grant writing, fundraising efforts and contract management. 

In recent years, Ms. Wasil has worked for the City’s Harbor Department in the Properties Division. She has been involved with the negotiation of lease language with numerous port tenants, and has been specifically involved with the development of lease language targeted toward implementation of more environmentally friendly practices within the Port.
 

David C. Gonzalez, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Network (Retired)
Department of Human Resources, City of Long Beach
1987-1988 Management Assistant
David.Gonzalez@longbeach.gov 

David Gonzalez served as the Leadership & Organizational Development Manager in the Department of Human Resources and reports to the Department Director. In his role, David facilitates employee relations, communications and employee development for City employees. Much of his role includes initiatives and programs he started while working in the City Manager’s Office. His role also includes serving as the Administrative Manager for the department.

David has previously worked as the Special Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Long Beach. In July 2004, the City Manager asked David to assist with special projects related to implementation of the City’s Three Year Strategic Financial Plan. David was tasked with developing an employee involvement and communication program to assist impacted employees with their transition to other employment options, communicate with employees ongoing changes in the organization, involve employees in change initiatives and projects, and assist employees in their career development by creating and implementing training programs.

David also worked in the Department of Financial Management as the department’s Administrative Services Manager. Before this, he was the City’s Purchasing Manager. David has been with the City of Long Beach for 24 years and has held numerous positions in a variety of departments.

David is a graduate of San Diego State University and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from California State University of Fresno. David continues to remain enthusiastic about his work and is an active participant in the Long Beach community as a dedicated public servant.

Suzanne R. Mason, Director of Human Resources
County of Napa
1984-1985 Management Assistant

Suzanne Mason is the Director of Human Resources for the County of Napa.  Ms. Mason was formerly the Director of Human Resources for the City of Long Beach. In this role, she coordinated recruitment, hiring and the development processes for over 6,000 employees. In addition, the Human Resources Department coordinates labor relations with the nine employee organizations, employee benefits and risk management functions, including coordination of Workers’ Compensation functions. Ms. Mason sees the Human Resources Department as a strategic partner in helping Departments achieve their goals for the residents and businesses of Long Beach.

Prior to assuming her current role in 2007, Ms. Mason served as Deputy City Manager four years and has worked in a variety of City Departments during her 23 years with the City of Long Beach. Ms. Mason began her career with the City of Long Beach in 1984, immediately following completion of her education, as a Management Assistant with the City Manager’s office. She has worked as the Manager of Business Operations in the Long Beach Energy Department, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and as a Budget Analyst in the Department of Financial Management.

Ms. Mason is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis on Intergovernmental Management. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with an emphasis on Urban History, and was the recipient of the Buchanan Award, which is bestowed on the most outstanding graduate in History Department. Ms. Mason is also a graduate of Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

Debra Hunter Holloway, PMP
President Information Design Consultants, Inc.
1988-1989 Management Intern
dholloway@idcinc.net

Debra Hunter Holloway is president of Information Design Consultants, Inc. IDCI employs a vast network of highly qualified, senior-level consultants who have worked in and understand diverse corporate and non-profit environments. IDCI services include: Strategic Planning, Project Management, Client Advocacy, Systems Integration, Document Management, Customer Relationship Management, Training and Development, and Technical Writing. Ms. Holloway serves as a technology leader for IDCI’s clients – assisting them with selecting technology options that enhance their business revenues.

After participating in the Management Assistant Program, Ms. Hunter Holloway worked for Price Waterhouse as a consultant. Ms. Holloway says that participating in the City of Long Beach Management Intern program gave her an opportunity to develop the skills to work collaboratively with employees at all levels. "Being a Management Intern was an incredible experience. The variety of experiences was key to helping in me develop the skills needed to be a successful consultant. I feel fortunate to have been a part of the program."

Ms. Hunter Holloway holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from The Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Holloway is a resident of San Pedro and still enjoys visiting the City of Long Beach.

The Honorable Mark Pulido, Mayor
City of Cerritos
District Director, Office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal
1997-1998 Management Assistant

Mark Pulido is currently serving as the Mayor of the City of Cerritos. Mayor Pulido is also the District Director for Congressman Alan Lowenthal. He previously worked for the California Legislature for more than a decade, serving as District Director to State Senator Alan Lowenthal.

Prior to that, he served as a legislative consultant with the California State Assembly in the Los Angeles offices of Assembly Speakers Robert M. Hertzberg, Herb J. Wesson Jr. and Fabian Núñez. In the 1990s, Mayor Pulido worked for the City of Long Beach in the City Manager's Office, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, the Budget Bureau, the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department and the Gang Intervention/Prevention Program.

Mr. Pulido gained valuable experience and enjoyed participating in the Management Assistant Program from 1997-1998, having worked with the Community Development, Financial Management, and Parks Recreation and Marine departments and the City Manager’s Office. Following the Management Assistant Program, Mr. Pulido joined the Redevelopment Bureau of the Community Development Department as an Administrative Analyst.

In 2000, Mr. Pulido joined the staff of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and went to work for the California Legislature after the convention. From 2000-04, Mr. Pulido served on the staff of the past three Speakers of the California State Assembly – Robert M. Hertzberg, Herb Wesson Jr. and Fabian Nunez. In January 2005, Mr. Pulido joined the staff of then-State Senator Alan S. Lowenthal as his district director.

Mr. Pulido holds a Master of Public Policy from The University of Chicago, where he was a Woodrow Wilson National Fellow. Mr. Pulido also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles where he served as UCLA Student Body President. Mr. Pulido is married and lives in Cerritos.

Dan Rosenfeld, Local Government/Community Relations Representative
Long Beach Transit
2001-2002 Management Assistant

Dan Rosenfeld is currently working at the Los Angeles County Health Department with Project RENEW (Renewing Environments for Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness), a program addressing the  obesity epidemic. He serves as grant manager for several bicycling related programs and an effort to create a county healthy development design ordinance.

Following his participation in the MA program, Mr. Rosenfeld worked for two-and-a-half years in the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department and for four years at Long Beach Transit. “I always tell people what a great opportunity Management Assistants have,” Mr. Rosenfeld says. “In the course of a single year, you work in several city departments and at various levels of the city organization. It takes most people a good part of their career to gain that kind of perspective.”

Mr. Rosenfeld holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach. Mr. Rosenfeld and his wife Karen, who grew up in the city, live on the east side of Long Beach, where they are raising their two daughters, Molly and Samantha.

Chris Rich, Senior Project Coordinator
Office of the Chief Executive, County of Santa Barbara
2004-2005 Management Assistant

Chris Rich has recently accepted a position as a Senior Project Coordinator in County of Santa Barbara's Chief Executive Office. Here, he'll serve as lead staff to the CEO for the "Village Center" project, which involves the development of new sustainable communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

In his previous job, Mr. Rich worked as an Administrative Analyst in the Technology Services Department. In his role, Mr. Rich provides strategic and business planning support to the Director of Technology Services. This included IT and telecommunications research and analysis, vendor coordination, contract management, and staff support for the City’s internal and external technology advisory committees. In addition, Mr. Rich was involved with managing technology initiatives that affected a wide cross-section of City departments. Examples of initiatives included a citywide WiFi network, a 3-1-1 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program, an optimization study of citywide IT services, and an enterprise performance management software acquisition.

Prior to working for the Technology Services Department, Mr. Rich worked as a Management Assistant with a variety of City departments including Community Development, Technology Services, Financial Management and the City Manager’s Office. Before his work with the City, Mr. Rich worked in the nonprofit sector and was a teacher with Teach For America in New Orleans, LA.

Mr. Rich received his Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Policy, Planning, and Development, where he received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the Jenkins-Stark scholarship for educational achievement.

Robert Shaw, Associate Attorney
Akerman Senterfitt, Los Angeles
2004-2005 Management Assistant

Robert Shaw has recently accepted a position as an Associate Attorney with the Los Angeles office of the law firm Ackerman Senterfitt. Prior to this Mr. Shaw served as the Assistant to the Director of Public Works where he oversaw the Department of Public Works' Strategic Business Plan development and assisted in building the Department's Performance Based Budget and the City's Capital Budget. Mr. Shaw also worked to coordinate interdepartmental communications and provide elected officials with timely project development information. 

Mr. Shaw started with the City in 2004 as a Management Assistant. While in the Management Assistant Program, Mr. Shaw provided support for the City's commitment to internal optimization efforts, having participated in the Citywide Health Benefits, Parts Room and Towing optimizations. Mr. Shaw also worked on several land use related projects, such as the Douglas Park Development.

Mr. Shaw is a competitive cyclist and triathlon participant. A member of the California State Bar Association, Mr. Shaw graduated from the Syracuse College of Law (J.D.) and the Maxwell School of Citizenship of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) in 2004. He received a Bachelor's Degree in 2001 from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Meredith K. Reynolds, Environmental Programs Administrator
Community Services Department, City of Irvine
2005-2006 Management Assistant 

Meredith Reynolds is currently the Environmental Programs Administrator for the City of Irvine.  Here Ms. Reynolds is responsible for managing the Environmental Programs Division including 3.5 FTEs, a $1.9 million operating budget and a $2.3 million federal energy grant; leading the development of a municipal sustainability plan; facilitating the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee;  developing recommendations for the City Manager and City Council that demonstrate the City’s commitment to environmental stewardship; and identifying grants and award programs that will help fund and/or showcase the City’s environmental programs. 

Ms. Reynolds was previously a Sustainability Coordinator with the Office of Sustainability at the City of Long Beach. Here Ms. Reynolds was part of a team that was responsible for facilitating the process of developing and implementing model sustainability programs for the City of Long Beach, including managing the Sustainable City Commission; tracking and inventorying the City’s carbon footprint through the Climate Action Registry; creating green building guidelines for public and private development; exploring green waste, composting, biodiesel and solar projects; and working on air and water quality and alternative transportation initiatives.  Prior to her role in the Office of Sustainability, Ms. Reynolds worked as an Administrative Analyst for the Department of Development Services and started with the City of Long Beach in the Management Assistant Program in 2005, with rotations and projects in the Department of Planning and Building, the Department of Financial Management, the City Manager’s Office and the Department of Human Resources.

Ms. Reynolds has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Local Government Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with a minor in Organizational Communication from California State University, Chico. Ms. Reynolds is an alumni of the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco and a member of ICMA and MMASC.

Heather Martin Zeilman, Sustainability Director
Colorado Yurt Co. 
2006-2007 Management Assistant

Heather Martin Zeilman is the Sustainability Director for the Colorado Yurt Company.  Prior to her role with the Colorado Yurt Company, Heather Martin moved to the City of Long Beach in September 2007 to begin her role as Management Assistant for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. As Management Assistant, she rotated through the Bureaus of Community Outreach, Maintenance Operations, Business Operations and Planning and Development. Upon her completion, she was able to stay on with Planning and Development as an analyst. Her primary role is overseeing capital improvement projects in the tidelands areas. In addition to project management, she oversees budgeting, community outreach and special events.

Heather graduated from Mississippi State University in May 2001 in Communication/Public Relations. She completed her Masters of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in December 2005, and her Masters of Public Administration in government and planning from North Carolina State University in May 2006. Before moving to Long Beach, she worked as Planning Technician for Wake County's Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space; she performed as campaign manager for SmartCommute and the annual SmartCommute Challenge promoting transportation and commuting alternatives; and she was the Graduate Assistant for NCSU's Outdoor Adventure program leading outdoor trips for students and staff.

Lily Liu, Senior Policy Analyst
City of New York Department of Education
2006-2007 Management Assistant

Lily Liu currently works for the Department of Education in the City of New York as a Senior Policy Analyst. She develops fiscal policies, conducts special studies and management inquiries and assists in managing the department’s $20 billion budget. Committed to civic engagement, Lily has spoken at the Transparency Camp roundtable discussion and has founded PublicStuff, which is an initiative to connect people with their local governments. She was recently accepted into the New York Women's Social Entrepreneurship Incubator Program, which identifies six budding women entrepreneurs and enables them to bring to life their social enterprises by providing support and structure from leading experts in the social entrepreneurship field, peer support, and team support.

Prior to this, Lily participated in the Management Rotational Program, and later served as the Special Assistant to the Public Works Department Director. Working in the City of Long Beach offered her invaluable experience working on high level projects in local government.  Lily holds a Bachelor of Science in Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University along with a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Timothy Hou, Redevelopment Project Manager
Community Development Department, City of Burbank
2006-2007 Management Assistant
thou@burbankca.gov


Timothy Hou currently serves as Project Manager for Burbank Water and Power, a municipal-owned electric and water service utility. He oversees capital construction projects and stewards initiatives through the community for public approval.  Prior to BWP, Timothy served as Redevelopment Project Manager for the former Redevelopment Agency in the City of Burbank. During Timothy’s tenure with the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, his projects focused on neighborhood and commercial revitalization, infrastructure and capital improvements, public safety as well as public art within both the North Long Beach and West Long Beach Industrial Project Areas. Timothy's previous work experience includes BlueFocus PR Consulting in Beijing, the US Department of Veterans Affairs-Memorial Affairs in Washington, D.C., and Rock the Vote in Los Angeles.

Timothy holds both a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations, and a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Ashley Atkinson
City of Los Angeles
2007-2008 Management Assistant
Ashley.Atkinson@longbeach.gov

Ashley Atkinson was an Administrative Analyst with the Department of Development Services. In this capacity, she supported the Housing & Community Improvement Bureau through financial analysis and project management. During her term as a Management Assistant, she rotated through the Police, Development Services and Financial Management departments as well as the City Manager's office.

Ashley joined the Management Assistant Program after graduating from the University of Southern California, where she received a dual Master’s degree in Public Administration and Planning. Ashley attended USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development as a recipient of the school’s Dean’s Merit Scholarship. While pursuing her degree, she served as an intern with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, the City of Bell Gardens and the City of Beverly Hills.

Prior to enrolling at USC, Ashley spent two years teaching English at a public high school in Japan as a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was named Outstanding Graduating Senior in Public Relations. 

She is an active member of the International City/County Management Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, the American Planning Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jason Kintner, Park Superintendent
City of Mercer Island
2008-2009 Management Assistant

Originally from Stanwood, Washington, Jason Kintner joined the Management Assistant Program for the City of Long Beach in 2008.  Jason Kintner serves as the Park Manager for the City of Mercer Island, Washington.  Mr. Kintner is responsible for managing, coordinating, and facilitating the maintenance of over 460 acres of parks and open spaces that include areas of multi-use athletic fields, playgrounds, sport courts, swimming beaches, waterfront access areas, hiking, biking and equestrian trails.  Jason joined the Management Assistant Program in 2008 and completed rotations in the Technology Services Department, Financial Management, Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the City Manager’s Office. 

Jason holds of Bachelor of Arts in History from George Fox University, as well as a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University.  He and his wife, Amber, currently reside in Seattle.

Matthew Veeh
2008-2009 Management Assistant

Matthew Veeh formerly served as the Director of Government & Public Affairs for the Long Beach Water Department.  He reported directly to the Department's General Manager. Mr. Veeh was responsible for all communication, media relations and public opinion as it relates to water supply, use, quality, safety, cost and distribution, including actions of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners.  He was also responsible for directing all legislative and general governmental liaison activities before the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal and State Government, and serves as the Department's principal liaison to all industry related, governmental, non-governmental and public interest organizations at the local, state and federal level.

Matt participated in the City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program.  Over the course of the year, he had the opportunity to rotate through the City’s Financial Management, City Manager, Human Resources and Water Departments.  He spent a significant amount of his time in the program focusing on government affairs issues, both for the City Manager and Water Departments.

Matt also served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Department of Defense at the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, California. While there, he worked on a variety of projects in both the cost and budget divisions of the Financial Management department.  He was the lead analyst on a number of comprehensive analysis projects, including an Economic Impact Analysis for the LA Air Force Base, which provided an estimated value of the base’s economic impact on the Los Angeles County area.

Matt earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. 


Will Norris, Chief Financial Officer
Columbia Gorge Community College
2012-2013 Management Assistant
William.Norris@longbeach.gov

Will Norris serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Columbia Gorge Community College, located in The Dalles, Oregon.

Will was a current Management Assistant with rotations in the City Manager’s Office, Gas & Oil Department, Finance Department and Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Will holds undergraduate degrees in Finance and Public Administration from the University of Oregon. Between college and graduate school, Will completed a term of national service in AmeriCorps and interned in the Oregon Governor’s office during the 2010 special legislative session.

Will earned his MBA at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, one of two MBA programs in the US to be dually accredited for both Business and Public Administration. During his graduate studies, Will completed a 10-year financial plan with proposed rate increases for The Dalles Water Department. He also supported the State of Oregon’s planning and response to the end of federal forest payments to counties as part of Oregon’s Office of the Chief Operating Officer. At Willamette University, Will founded the Atkinson Public Administration Association. This group introduces Careers in Public Service to fellow MBA students.

**If you are an alumni of the City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program, we would love to hear from you! To have your most recent information included on our website, contact:

Seyron Foo
Management Assistant
City of Long Beach
seyron.foo@longbeach.gov