Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez
Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez was elected in June of 2014 and unanimously re-elected in 2018 to represent the First Council District in the City of Long Beach. Growing up in a working-class family where her father was a truck driver and her mother worked in aerospace, Lena grew up learning the value of hard work and dedication.
Lena is one of the most active members of the City Council where she chairs the Harbor and Tidelands Committee which oversees a $100 million Tidelands Fund, the Long Beach Unified Joint Use Committee and the I-710 Project Committee. Additionally, she serves as the Vice Chair of both the Federal and State Legislative Committees and is the City’s representative on the Independent Cities Association and the Southern California Association of Government.
As an advocate for her residents, Gonzalez has sponsored over 110 items before the City Council tackling issues such as banning the use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in local restaurants, creating over 200 new parking spaces throughout the District, protecting local businesses through increased access to contracts and bids, and ensuring the City of Long Beach is taking proactive steps to combat and treat homelessness.
Councilwoman Gonzalez lives in downtown Long Beach with her partner Adam and their three sons Zorion, Ethan and Luca. Gonzalez graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from California State University Long Beach and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.