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Lea Eriksen Named Director of Technology and Innovation Department
Alejandra (Alex) Basquez
Department of Human Resources

Today, Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West announced the appointment of Lea Eriksen as the City’s Director of Technology and Innovation (TID). Ms. Eriksen has served the City over the last four years, and brings 20 years of experience working in local government, including positions related to economic development, budget and finance, and most recently in technology.

Since January 2018, Ms. Eriksen has been serving as the interim director of Technology and Innovation for the City, where she has been overseeing projects of major significance. Ms. Eriksen has orchestrated the recent coordination of the City’s $67 million critical technology infrastructure program, which includes investment in citywide technology infrastructure, fiber master plan and other key information systems. In addition, she has been overseeing the implementation of LB COAST, the City’s new $30 million enterprise financial and human resource system.

“Ms. Eriksen has served as a leader since the first day she stepped into City Hall,” said Mr. West. “From overseeing multi-billion-dollar budgets to managing critical projects for the City, she has excelled, and always puts the needs of our community first. Under Ms. Eriksen’s leadership, the city will experience exciting innovative technology initiatives, that will help carry us forward.”

Prior to her interim director role, Ms. Eriksen spent four years as the City’s Budget Manager and then Assistant Finance Director. In these roles, she managed a $2.6 billion budget and the operations of the Budget Management Bureau. Ms. Eriksen also coordinated long range financial forecasting and planning, revenue management, and special projects research and analysis. She successfully coordinated the passage of four years of structurally balanced General Fund budgets and led the financial analysis to support implementation of the Measure A transaction and use tax, Measure MA marijuana tax, smart parking meters, LED street lights, a public/private partnership for a new Civic Center complex, and labor negotiations with the City’s bargaining units.

As Director of Technology and Innovation, Ms. Eriksen will oversee the day-to-day operations and project management of the department, including developing a staff of 143 employees and managing a $44 million office budget.

“The Technology and Innovation Department is implementing two of the biggest technology projects in the City's history with the new civic center and enterprise financial and human resource system,” said Ms. Eriksen. “As the interim director, I have become invested in the department, and its success. I am excited to lead the department in our mission to provide customer-focused technology services to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of City services for our residents and visitors.”  

Before relocating to Long Beach, Ms. Eriksen spent 16 years with the City of Cincinnati, the last seven years of which, as the budget director managing the development of that city's $1.4 billion budget. Ms. Eriksen has a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and graduated cum laude from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts with dual majors in Public Administration and Sociology. She also currently serves as a City Representative on the Board of Long Beach Transit.

Ms. Eriksen’s appointment will officially be effective June 23, 2018. 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 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. As a full-service charter city, 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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