Meet the Long Beach Forward team

Christine E. Petit, PhD | Executive Director

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Dr. Christine E. Petit (she/her/hers) serves as Executive Director for Long Beach Forward. With over 15 years of organizing experience, Christine has worked for change at the campus-level as a college student, as a union organizer, and now as a community leader. Christine serves on the Memorial Hospital Community Benefits Oversight Board and spent two years as Chair of the City of Long Beach’s Board of Health and Human Services during her term on the board. She is a co-founder of the Long Beach Time Exchange—a time-banking community based on the premise that everyone in Long Beach has something to contribute to our city. Christine graduated from Leadership Long Beach in 2016 and was selected as one of Long Beach Post’s “40 Under 40” in its inaugural year. She holds a PhD in sociology with emphases in social change and race and class inequality.

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Race and income do not determine one's future in Long Beach—it's a community where everyone is safe, connected, and healthy.


To create a healthy Long Beach with low-income communities of color by building community knowledge, leadership, and power.


425 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802


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