Meet the Long Beach Forward team
Cindy Guardado (she/her/ella) is currently an Organizing Fellow for Healthy Long Beach. A proud first generation Latina of Central American immigrant parents. Currently, Cindy is a student at California State University, Long Beach majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before becoming a student at California State University, Long Beach, Cindy was a student and Corps member for the Conservation Corps of Long Beach. During her time at the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, Cindy was an intern for the Long Beach City Hall and Long Beach Environmental Service Bureau office. After graduating from the Conservation Corps of Long Beach in 2015, Cindy started attending Long Beach City College and obtained her Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2019. During her time at Long Beach City College, Cindy was part of both the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and worked as a student assistant receptionist for both the Human Resources and CalWORKs offices.
Cindy has been an active parent volunteer for the Long Beach Area Council, Scouts BSA since 2015. She has taken many roles as parent volunteer, but the one she most enjoys is the annual Thanksgiving Drive her son Juan puts together to be able to provide a warm meal to the less fortunate in Skid Row and being able to provide school supplies for children in need. Cindy has also been a volunteer for Long Beach BLAST since the Fall of 2017. As a first generation Latina, Cindy is passionate about helping her community and those around her. When the pandemic first began, Cindy made an effort to help her community by translating documents, helping community members fill out applications and forms, and making appointments for community members to get tested for COVID-19, and purchased masks for those that needed them the most. During her free time, Cindy enjoys hiking, cooking, baking, and spending uninterrupted quality time with her son Juan.