ABOUT

The Mayor’s Fund for Education is a nonprofit which supports the vision and passion we, and the Mayor of Long Beach, have for education in our city and the commitment we have to the Long Beach College Promise.

We believe that investment in education offers one of the greatest opportunities for meaningful impact—one that can transform a community and change lives—making Long Beach an even better place to live and learn.

The Mayor’s Fund for Education works closely with community and education partners to amplify and support their programs. The Fund collaborates with local partners in identifying student needs at all levels of education and assists in fundraising, capacity building and program development to ensure that education in Long Beach thrives and grows.

The Fund will involve local business and industry to facilitate the development of new opportunities and empower the growth of a skilled, educated local workforce.

 
 
 

Meet the Team

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Karissa Selvester is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund for Education within the City of Long Beach. She leads the Fund’s community engagement and development efforts in support of each of its three focus areas – Early Childhood Education, Internship Opportunities, and Improving College Completion.
 
Throughout her career, Karissa has been successful in building mutually beneficial and collaborative relationships with public officials and community partners. Karissa has a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego. She previously served as Long Beach Transit’s primary liaison to City Departments, elected officials’ offices, and civic partners. She brings to the Fund a diverse professional background in public affairs, urban planning, government relations, grant writing, and public-private partnerships.

To Contact Karissa:
Phone: (562) 548-0440
Email: kselvester@mayorsfundfored.org

 
 
 
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Jeimmy Orellana is the Personal Relations Intern with the Mayors Fund for Education and supports our broad partnership and community engagement efforts, bringing her experience in marketing and social media. She is studying General Business, with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Administrations, at Long Beach City College and will be completing her Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Long Beach. 

To Contact Jeimmy:
Phone: (562) 548-0440
Email: jorellana@mayorsfundfored.org

 
 
 
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Elizabeth Chavez is a Program Coordinator Intern at the Mayor’s Fund for Education. As a program coordinator intern, she supports program development and implementation strategies. She is currently an undergrad student at California State University, Long Beach where she is pursuing a degree in International Studies and Economics.  

To Contact Elizabeth:
Phone: (562) 548-0440
Email: echavez@mayorsfundfored.org

 

Board Members

 

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Bob Foster
Former Mayor
City of Long Beach

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Stephanie Graves
President & CEO
Lee Andrews Group

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Julia Huang
CEO
Renzei Holdings

Skip Keesal
Founder
Keesal, Young & Logan

 
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Ryan Lean
Associate
Kessal, Young, & Logan

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Linda Palacios
Board Member
Intertrend

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Rosi Pedersen
Educator & Foundation Consultant
Molina Healthcare

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Laurie Peterson
Founder & President
EDUCATE

 
 
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Alma Salazar, Ed.D.
VP of Education &
Workforce Development

LA Area Chamber
of Commerce

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Sarah Tong Sangmeister
Partner
Peacock Piper Tong & Voss LLP

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Janet Molina Watt
Founder & CEO
Little Owl Preschool

 

Supporters
 

 
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Mayor's Fund Year 1