|Former Board & Executive Staff|
|JOHN THOMAS, CHAIR |
Born and raised in Fullerton, John considers Long Beach to be his adopted home. After moving to Long Beach in 1990, he became active in many community organizations, serving on the Boards of the Historical Society of Long Beach, Long Beach Heritage and the Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association. He is a passionate collector of art deco and a period enthusiast and is co-author of Long Beach Art Deco. He is currently a Manager in the Community Development Department at the City of Rancho Cucamonga, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. John has owned and operated two small businesses in Long Beach for over 10 years, and was appointed to the RDA Board after serving 7 years on the Community Development Advisory Commission.
DIANE ARNOLD, VICE CHAIR
Diane Arnold has operated a family-owned barber supply business on Pine Avenue for more than 40 years, and is a Long Beach native and mother of six grown children. Mrs. Arnold is a graduate of Poly High and Long Beach City College. She has been a longtime volunteer in the city, involved in the Downtown Long Beach Associates, Central Long Beach PAC and a number of other civic and school organizations. Diane retired in 2005 and keeps busy devoting her time to the Redevelopment Agency Board as the Central PAC representative, and is involved in numerous other community activities.
John Cross has lived in Long Beach since 1961. He has served the City as Chair of the Citizen Police Complaint Commission, and has also served on the Code Enforcement Team for West Long Beach, the Mayor's Task Force on Commissions, Senator Lowenthal's Environmental Advisory Group and as President of the West Long Beach Association. Mr. Cross is retired from ARCO, and has been an active Member of the Westside PAC for many years.
Vivian Tobias was born and raised in Long Beach and is a graduate of Poly High School, Stanford University and UCLA. She is currently a teacher and administrator for a charter school for at-risk youth in Long Beach. Vivian has long been active in community and political organizations, and has served on numerous committees including the Mayor’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, the Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition and the Fair Housing Foundation of Los Angeles. She has also served on the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee and is a longtime community advocate in Central Long Beach, having served on the Central Project Area Committee until she was appointed to the Redevelopment Agency Board.
Mrs. Teer L. Strickland holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania and an MBA from Marymount University in Virginia. Mrs. Strickland is a licensed Real Estate professional who brings over 20 years of experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, including the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Southern California Association of Governments, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Julie Heggeness, JD, CSPG, is the Director of Trusts & Estates at the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, serving Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and then attended Western State University School of Law where she obtained her Jurist Doctor. Julie is a life-long resident of Long Beach, where she is active in numerous professional organizations.
AMY J. BODEK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Amy J. Bodek, AICP, manages the Redevelopment Agency’s staff and budget, and serves as the Agency's Executive Director. She has worked for the city of Long Beach since 1992. Her background is in design, urban planning, redevelopment and real estate transactions, and she is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
ROB ZUR SCHMIEDE, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rob Zur Schmiede serves as the Redevelopment Agency’s Assistant Executive Director. Mr. Zur Schmiede worked for the City of Long Beach from 2000-2004, and started again in 2011. He has an extensive background in redevelopment administration. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Redevelopment and Economic Development for the City of Fullerton, he also served as Redevelopment Manager for the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency for nearly 15 years.
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