Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez
Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez was elected with overwhelming support in June of 2014 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 was taught from a young age 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 the over $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 nearly 100 items before the city council including issues such as environmental protections, increased parking in downtown Long Beach, protecting local small 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 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.