City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 033121
Long Beach Appoints New Director of Human Resources
Kevin Lee
Chief Public Affairs Officer
Office of the City Manager

Headshot of new Human Resources Director Joe Ambrosini
Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Joseph (Joe) Ambrosini, an experienced human resources executive, to the position of Director of the Department of Human Resources. Mr. Ambrosini brings to the City experience in responsible and progressive human resource management in both the public and private sectors, including executive level management, strategic program management, training and employee development, organizational development and labor and employee relations.

“We are thrilled to have Joe’s excellence in leadership and expertise in human resources join our City team,” said City Manager Tom Modica. “Joe’s engaging and innovative approach will be an incredible asset to the City and to our diverse workforce.”

Currently serving as the Director of Human Resources for the Cosumnes Community Services District, a special district that provides fire protection and parks and recreation services for the northern California cities of Elk Grove and Galt, Mr. Ambrosini has extensively worked with public safety and non-safety public labor groups to resolve numerous, highly-complex and technical issues. Prior to his role with the Cosumnes Community Services District, he served as the Labor Relations Officer for the County of Butte, where he led the County’s labor management efforts with 18 different bargaining groups, fostering positive relationships across the organization of over 2,500 employees. Before joining the public sector, he worked for large nonprofit and for-profit hospitals in the Bay Area and southern California, serving in various roles including Human Resources Director.

As the Director of Human Resources (HR) for the City of Long Beach, Mr. Ambrosini will directly support the function of over 46 full-time and part-time HR staff as well as the human resource needs of over 6,100 City employees. He will lead the HR Department in implementing innovative, collaborative and productive leadership and operational support to various City Departments, enhancing the recruitment and retention of a qualified, diverse workforce, and effectively managing business risks.

“I am thrilled to join the City of Long Beach team and implement City goals and objectives in an innovative, transparent and accountable manner,” said Ambrosini. “I look forward to continuing to build a solid workforce and ensure a pipeline of top talent for the City.”

Mr. Ambrosini is an active member of several professional human resources associations, including the California Government Human Resources Association, California Public Employee Labor Relations Association and the Association of Workplace Investigators. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science from California State University, Chico, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College.

He will begin employment with the City of Long Beach on April 10.

The City thanks Fred Verdugo, Interim Director of Human Resources, and Dana Anderson, Interim Deputy Director of Human Resources, for their outstanding leadership in their interim roles held since October 2020. Fred will return to his normal role as Deputy Director of Human Resources and Dana will return to her role as Labor Relations Bureau Manager come April 10.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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