Tracy M. Colunga is the Innovation Team Director for the City of Long Beach. Previously, Ms. Colunga served as the City’s Neighborhood Relations Officer. Under her leadership, the City garnered $3.1 million in federal, state, and private grants to improve community safety and neighborhood livability gaps. She spearheaded the development of Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, the City’s Language Access Policy and most recently My Brother’s Keeper Long Beach Local Action Plan. In addition, she oversaw the Long Beach Human Relations Commission and the Long Beach Gang Reduction and Intervention Program. She has focused her career around community improvement and, most notably, was responsible for administering the U.S. Department of Justice Weed and Seed Grant for the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department from 2007 to 2012. She started her career with the City of Long Beach as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator in 2006.
Ms. Colunga holds a Master’s Degree of Social Work from the University of California Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. She was a part time lecturer in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for five years and recently joined the faculty as a lecturer at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Masters of Social Work Program. She is married to Hutx Colunga, a tenured teacher with Long Beach Unified School District. They are proud parents of two children. Tracy Colunga and her family reside in Long Beach, CA.