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Jessica Quintana

Executive Director

Jessica Quintana, Executive Director of Centro CHA, is a long-time Long Beach resident upraised in the West Long Beach area where she attended local schools as a youth, and remembers working multiple minimum wage jobs to support her parents and family. As one of the original youth members of the former Long Beach grass-roots organization Centro de La Raza, Jessica’s passion for her hometown and for community organizing started at an early age. Over her 25 years of public service, Mrs. Quintana has impacted many lives by improving services for low-income Hispanic/Latino communities in Long Beach. She has worked extensively in developing community-based service programs and campaigns specifically focused on improving health challenges facing Latino’s residents specifically in the areas of immigration, employment, higher education, violence reduction, and social justice.

Jessica Quintana serves as a strong advocate for all young people in Long Beach; helping many inter-city, at-risk youth and young adults transform their life and attain their educational and career goals while becoming strong leaders in their community. During her tenure, Mrs. Quintana has overseen several critical aspects of the Organization’s work in Long Beach; including developing a coherent system of employment and reentry services. Her philosophy of delivering compassionate, culturally sensitive services that holistically addresses the challenges facing many struggling urban youth, has demonstrated a proven-track record of success serving over (23,000) ex-offenders, high school drop- outs, and their families. Jessica Quintana is an innovator and forerunner in the Violence Prevention movement and is recognized by local, county and statewide leaders as champion for youth justice in Long Beach. She has mounted a great amount of her success from creating and implementing evidence-based violence prevention and youth development programs that saves and changes lives and reduces crime in Long Beach. ​

Board of Directors

Mario Gonzalez


Manager of Community Relations

Leticia Mata

Vice Chairwoman

Assistant Vice President, Orange County’s Credit Union

Henry Taboada

Chief Financial Officer

Retired, City of Long Beach Manager

David Salazar


Founder & Executive Director, Long Beach Community Design Center

Jerry Avila

Member at Large

ILWU Local 13 Crane Operator

Gonzalo Medina

Member at Large

Marine Safety Chief, Long Beach Fire Department

Luis Navarro

Member at Large

CEO, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine

Susana Gonzalez-Edmond

Member at Large

Vice President at Mercury Public Affairs

Ariana Sahagun, MPH

Community Health Justice Manager

Robert Castillo, MAP

Workforce Program Manager

Lissete Hernandez, BA

Immigrant Integration Program Manager

Karime Burciaga

Community Resource & Intervention Specialist

Edith Perez

Community Resource & Intervention Specialist

Jennifer Aguirre

Senior Latino Health Justice Navigator

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Lizbeth Corrales

Latino Health Justice Navigator