Who We Are

LBEP is an action-oriented organization that will sustain, grow business, and expand citywide economic opportunities with a global vision that is locally focused through meaningful partnerships. We firmly believe that a simple strategy, unwavering focus and deliberate actions will allow us to deliver on our vision for dependable growth.

Leah Goold-Haws

President & CEO

Ryan Altoon


Randal Hernandez

Past Chairman Verizon

Debra Fixen

Director of Property Management, employer; POM-Shoreline Village

Our Board of Directors

Ryan Altoon
Tala Baltazar
Todd Bauer
Garrett Bell
Union Bank
Alicia Berhow
Charter / Spectrum
John Bishop
Memorial Care
Carolyn Caldwell
Dignity St. Mary's
Suny Lay Chang
LINC Housing
Jane Close-Conoley
Blair Cohn
Council of Business Asssociation
Debra Fixen
Shoreline Village / DLBA
Mark Guillen
Crown Castle
Dan Vozenilek
Randal Hernandez
Julia Huang
Dennis Hum
Emily James
Bank of America
John Keisler
Peter Kosas
Wells Fargo
Debra Layton
Signal Hill Petroleum
Bonnie Lowenthal
Harbor Commission
Emilien Marchand
Silvano Merlo
Courtyard Marriott
Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
John Molina
Alan Pullman
Studio One Eleven
Cameron Smyth
Molina Health Care
Mark Taylor
Adey Tesfae
Luis Toranzo
Jim Zehmer

Government Representatives

James Ahumada
Office of the Mayor Robert Garcia
Cindy Allen
City of Long Beach, Council District 2
Johnny Vallejo
Economic Development Dept, City of Long Beach
Walter Larkins
Economic Development Commission
Sharon Weissman
Harbor Commission
Mike Munoz
Long Beach City College
Jeremy Harris
Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
Herlinda Chico
Office of LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn
Jayme Wilson
Office of LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn
Nick Shultz
Pacific Gatewy
Joel Perler
Port of Long Beach


Long Beach Economic Partnership is comprised of multidisciplinary sector leaders from our economy, civic and institutional partners, the financial services sector, nonprofits, foundations, and agencies.  LBEP is led by an all-volunteer board of directors, equally committed to the success of the City and those who live, work and engage in its many amenities and resources.

Attracting New Business & Investments

Supporting Small Business Recovery & Resilience

Expanding Broadband & Technology Connectivity

Enhancing Workforce Recovery & Readiness

Supporting Efforts on Housing Affordability


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During the pandemic, LBEP pivoted its focus to address the real time needs of the community by launching a microgrant program on June 1, 2020. LBEP provided funding to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, that had not benefited from PPP and EIDL and were operating in areas often underserved by business support programs.

COVID resiliency capital and financial training was provided to 135 Long Beach small business owners in traditionally under-resourced areas. This was made possible thanks to funding from Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank, and Citibank, with their commitments to help minority and underserved businesses in Long Beach.

LBEP convened a strategic planning session in June 2022 with MIG, the LBEP Board of Directors, and our civic, institutional, community organizations, nonprofits and private enterprise to identify the path for the next three years.