Meet the Long Beach Forward team

James Suazo | Associate Director

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James Suazo (he/him/his) serves as Associate Director for Long Beach Forward, where he oversees communications efforts, supports the research and policy team, and helps guide the organization's multiple initiatives and campaigns. James is an avid reader and writer who identifies as queer, Latino, and Native American (Jicarilla Apache). James’ passion for social change began growing up in Santa Ana, California where he started organizing low-income bus riders throughout Orange County. Since 2008, he has worked for elected officials; managed political campaigns; and organized with students, community-based groups, and labor unions throughout Orange County and Long Beach. Now settled in Long Beach, James also organizes locally and nationally with the Long Beach chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. James graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English Education.

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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.

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