WHO WE ARE

The City of Long Beach assembled a team of local, regional and national talent with a unique and comprehensive set of skills to advance its innovation projects.

TRAITS OF THE INNOVATIVELY INCLINED

 

More important than process is the mindset we bring to the work. Mindset is more complex and difficult to develop than merely following a defined process.

 

reflective / strong-willed / receptive / agile / introspective / passionate bold / curious / determined / empathetic

Lauren Vargas- Director of Innovation Delivery & Special Projects for Mayor Robert Garcia

 

TRACY COLUNGA- Innovation Team Director for the City of Long Beach

 

ALMA CASTRO- Deputy Director

 

ALEX CHAVEZ- Data Scientist

 

HARRISON HUYNH- CIVIC DESIGNER

 

HEIDI WIERSMA- PROJECT MANAGER

 

OUR FELLOWS & INTERNS

Melissa Begey- civic innovation researcher

 

Melissa is a cultural anthropologist and one of our Civic Innovation Researchers. Her research interests include the intersection of sustainable fashion practices and design thinking. Melissa will be attending UCI in the fall to pursue a doctorate in Anthropology. She holds an MA in Applied Anthropology from CSULB, and a BA in Economics and Anthropology from UCLA. Melissa is committed to using ethnographic methodologies to develop meaningful solutions to some of societies largest concerns.

Danielle Castillo-civic innovation researcher

 

Danielle specializes in individual to societal levels of identity construction. As a cultural anthropologist, she employs qualitative mixed-methods like ethnographic research and ethnographic film making. Through her discipline, she has developed a passion for fueling creative ways in instilling political, social and environmental change, with advocacy being her hobby. Danielle will soon receive a Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology from CSU Long Beach and has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology.

LEARN MORE ABOUT US

HOW WE WORK

 

We believe that a solution is out there and that by focusing on the people we are designing for, we’ll find it together.

WHY INNOVATION IS IMPORTANT

 

Using our unique design-centered approach, we are dedicated to improving the capacity of City Hall.

© 2017 LONG BEACH INNOVATION TEAM

WHO WE ARE

The City of Long Beach assembled a team of local, regional and national talent with a unique and comprehensive set of skills to advance its innovation projects.

TRAITS OF THE INNOVATIVELY INCLINED

 

More important than process is the mindset we bring to the work. Mindset is more complex and difficult to develop than merely following a defined process.

 

reflective / strong-willed / receptive / agile / introspective / passionate bold / curious / determined / empathetic