Meet the 2019 - 2020 Management Assistants
Augusta Gudeman is a current 2019-2020 Management Assistant, rotating through the Census 2020 efforts in the City Manager’s office, Financial Management, and the Planning Bureau in Development Services.
Augusta graduated from the University of Michigan, earning her Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) from Taubman College of Architecture and Planning. In graduate school, she focused on approaching sustainability as a means to achieve social equity rather than seeing the two as separate goals, concentrating on the local and urban scope. Some of her projects that connected these goals included consulting for the City of Ann Arbor on equity in water charges, guiding the development of a coalition to bring renewable energy to a rural Michigan community, and providing planning interventions for freight traffic and emissions in a Detroit neighborhood.
From 2013 to 2016, Augusta was introduced to public sector work through her position in the weather satellite division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she supported the headquarters office. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Augusta was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, and currently lives in Long Beach, where she enjoys exploring Southern California, playing tricks on her cat, and biking on the beach.
Joy Contreras is the current 2019-2020 Management Assistant rotating through Public Works, Financial Management, and supporting the Census 2020 efforts in the City Manager’s office.
Joy earned her Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML) from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business. She studied change management with an emphasis on employee engagement, marketing/branding, and information systems consulting. Prior to her current position, Joy was a project manager at an environmental marketing firm that specializes in multi-lingual community based social marketing and conducts public education on composting, litter-abatement, and other stormwater pollution prevention practices. Joy also serves her community as a Leadership Long Beach Class of 2017 alumni by serving on the marketing and project committees.
Joy's public service career first started when she served as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader for City Year Los Angeles, a national organization focused on defeating the high school drop out crisis. She earned her B.S. in Political Science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Joy was born, raised, and lives in Long Beach where she enjoys racing triathlons, gardening, and cooking.
Kristian Castro currently serves as a Community Program Specialist with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services where he administers grant allocations for homeless services from the State. He completed the Management Assistant Program in the 2019-2020 cycle with rotations through the Fire Department, Department of Health and Human Services, City Manager’s Office, and Financial Management, while also serving a unique rotation in the Emergency Operations Center during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Kristian graduated from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California with a dual Master’s degree in Planning (MPL) and Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Economic Development, in addition to a Certificate in Public Financial Management. He focused his studies in economic resiliency, affordable housing, community development, and the ways in which marginalized communities can spearhead the revitalization of their own neighborhoods. While at USC, Kristian served as the Co-Chair of the Associated Students of Planning and Development as well as a graduate fellow with Public Matters, a social enterprise that designs innovative civic engagement projects. He also interned in the Budget and Grants Department at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).
Kristian’s career in public service began during his AmeriCorps experience at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a philanthropic foundation in Southeast San Diego where he supported workforce development efforts. After his service year, he worked in a number of capacities including: leading the San Diego County Point-in-Time Count, facilitating financial literacy workshops for transitional age youth, coordinating volunteer digital media programs, and even participating in a statewide journalism fellowship writing stories on topics of water quality, housing, voter engagement, and immigration.
Kristian earned his BA in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new places, indulging in high-quality boba, practicing photography, and planning his next trip abroad. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area.
Shreya Sharan is a current 2019-2020 Management Assistant rotating through the Budget Office in the Department of Financial Management, City Manager’s Office, Long Beach Airport and, Human Resources.
While earning her Master of Public Policy from the University of California Irvine’s School of Social Ecology, Shreya had an emphasis on housing policy and homeless services. She worked for a non-profit affordable housing developer to implement solutions to reduce the fiscal impact of homelessness in Orange County. Additionally, she conducted research on housing insecurity for DACA recipients on the UC Irvine campus. Before joining the Long Beach City team, Shreya had the opportunity to conduct a program evaluation for UC Irvine’s Department of Family Medicine's multidisciplinary efforts to prevent elder abuse in Orange County.
Shreya’s passion for public service is rooted in her direct experiences with vulnerable populations, whom she plans to continue advocating for throughout her career.
Shreya earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior with an emphasis in Public Health from UC Irvine. Her family immigrated to the United States from India when she was four years old, and she has been living in Southern California for the past 15 years. She recently moved to Long Beach and enjoys hiking with her dogs, rock climbing, Muay Thai, and a hot cup of chai with a good book.