Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
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December Program Agenda

The Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00am at the
Alpert Jewish Community Center unless otherwise noted


Thursday, December 10, 2015


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
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Stephanie Dowds, Esq.

Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Long Beach

Stephanie Dowds, Esq.
In Recognition of:
  • her daily dedication in fighting for justice for victims of abuse
  • her 8 years of service to our community as a Deputy City Prosecutor
  • her commitment to serving our local community at WomenShelter of Long Beach.

Stephanie Dowds was hired by the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office in 2008. At that time she was the youngest Deputy City Prosecutor on staff. She has since been with the office nearly 8 years, and been promoted to Trial Supervisor. Throughout her time as a Deputy City Prosecutor she has prosecuted and tried numerous crimes for the City of Long Beach, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, sex crimes, and vehicular manslaughter cases. Prior to working for the City of Long Beach Stephanie worked for the law firm Mendes & Mount as a summer associate specializing in civil litigation. She interned at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for the Homicide Unit. She has also authored multiple legal articles and has been published in the National Law Journal. Stephanie has recently been asked to serve as a board member for the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach. Additionally, she has volunteered her time as a mock Judge for the UCLA Mock Trial Invitational Tournament. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley (2004), and a Juris Doctor for the University Of San Diego School Of Law (2007).

Tracy Colunga

Neighborhood Relations Officer, City of Long Beach Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan

Tracy Colunga
In Recognition of:
  • her dedicated leadership in creating the city’s first violence prevention plan
  • her successful efforts to secure grant funding to reduce family, school, and community violence
  • her diligent commitment to serving our local community through Goodwill and EmpowerHER.

As Neighborhood Relations Officer, Tracy Colunga provides leadership and direction to the Neighborhood Relations Division and is responsible for securing and managing federal, state, and private grants to improve community safety and neighborhood livability gaps. She oversees administrative services for the Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (Safe Long Beach), Language Access Policy, the Long Beach Human Relations Commission, and the Long Beach Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP).

Tracy holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has over a decade of experience in grant writing, management, and program development. She has focused her career around community improvement and, most notably, was responsible for administering the U.S. Department of Justice Weed and Seed Grant for the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department. She has served a field instructor for University of California at Los Angeles UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for the last nine years and has taught as a part time lecturer in the UCLA Social Work Program for five years. She recently joined the faculty at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) in the Masters of Social Work Program as a part time lecturer.

She serves on the Board of Directors with Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County and co-leads the annual EmpowHER Young Women’s Empowerment Conference for girls in foster care, on probation, and at-risk in Long Beach.

She is married to Hutx Colunga, a tenured teacher with Long Beach Unified School District. They are proud parents of two children. Tracy Colunga and her family reside in Long Beach, CA.

Opinions expressed are those of the speaker and not necessarily those of the Council and its membership.
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