Justin Potier

Board Chair & President

Justin has had a very diversified career in the real estate industry. In 1994 he began his career in title insurance assisting agents in increasing their business by selling residential and multi-family properties for the best possible price in the shortest amount of time. Licensed in 2003 Justin continued his expertise in marketing and selling […]

Stella Ursua

Board Vice Chair

Stella Ursua, Board Vice Chair, serves as Outreach and Partnerships Manager at GRID Alternatives-Greater Los Angeles, and is President of Green Education, Inc., both local non-profits focused on connecting disadvantaged communities to clean energy, healthy homes and sustainable neighborhoods. Stella is the Founder of Southern California’s largest annual Earth Day event, the Green Prize Festival, […]

Jay Hong

Board Member

Jay is retired from a 35-year career with a Fortune 10 company where he managed several international businesses.  His work  and relationships with people around the world has deepened his appreciation for diversity and equality.  Jay is now active in Long Beach where he supports several non-profit organizations.  He believes The Center, our multi-faceted programs […]

Mario Gonzalez


Mario is the Manager of Community Relations at the Port of Long Beach, a premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. Mario is the Port’s primary community liaison and manages a team of community outreach professionals, interns and contractors who share the Port’s messages about […]

LaDawn Best

Immediate Past Chair & Board Member

LaDawn Best is the Executive Director at Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles. PHE is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Prior to her […]

Ron Nelson

Board Member

Ronald C. Nelson was appointed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art in February 2007, where he oversees an annual budget of $3.5 million. His position is responsible for day to day operations as well as the long term planning, financial direction, and artistic programming of the Museum. With experience as both a […]

Otis Hogan

Board Member

Photo and Bio coming soon.

Carrie Rickard, MD.

Mental Health Advisory Committee Chair

Dr. Rickard operates a private practice were she sees patients for female reproductive healthcare and wellness screenings.  In addition, she participates in peer review, quality of care, and best practices at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. She is especially proud of the work and leadership role she undertook to re-start The Center’s current mental health counseling […]

Gina Smith

Board Member

Gina Smith is a retired real estate agent who was a Project Sales Manager for over 32 years with S & S Construction, a division of Shapell Industries.  In that capacity she oversaw the design, construction, and sales of numerous local developments in the Long Beach, Orange County and Palos Verdes areas.  In the Long […]

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