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Leadership Long Beach

Inspired To Serve – And To Lead

By Nancy Pfeffer, President, Network Public Affairs, LLC

Nancy PfefferJuly 30th, 2013 – I had lived in Long Beach for about 15 years when I became an entrepreneur, but I had always worked outside of the city and realized I knew little about it. Within a year after starting my public policy consulting practice, I decided I needed to “learn Long Beach,” and I chose to invest in Leadership Long Beach’s Leadership Institute program starting in the fall of 2007.

It’s a decision I’ve never regretted. For one thing, I readily accomplished my goal of learning about my city. From the very first historical tour to the closing day at the Long Beach Art Museum, I learned a great deal in every session. Many of the leaders I encountered in the program are people I continue to interact with today.

Even better, I learned a great deal about myself as a leader, and how to make the mission of my company really meaningful. I provide policy consulting services mainly to local governments in the fields of transportation and the environment. These are key issues to Long Beach residents. The knowledge and connections I built through LLB have given me a unique perspective on how my work relates to many other important issues, like public health, education, economic development, and law enforcement, just to name a few.

Looking beyond my own business, I was inspired to help found and chair (for two years) a new non-profit organization, City Fabrick, which does the wonderful work of reimagining the physical environment for people in Long Beach and surrounding communities. (Check out our yellow plaza on 4th Street in the East Village!) I’ve also been proud to serve as a member of the board of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network as an appointee of Mayor Bob Foster.

Leadership Long Beach has been much on my mind lately with the passing of our 2008 classmate Tom Farrand. Tom was like a dad to our class, hosting our graduation party, holiday parties, and numerous card games at his lovely Belmont Heights home. I’ll miss his booming laugh, not to mention his dedicated service on the board of Leadership Long Beach. His friendship is emblematic of the many lasting friendships I have with my 2008 LLB classmates. This is a group of people whose support I know I will always have – and they will always have mine.

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(Founded in 1989, Leadership Long Beach offers principled leadership programs by educating and engaging adult and youth leaders on issues important to the city’s future and sustainability.

For more information, check us out at www.leadershiplb.org or www.facebook.com/leadershiplongbeach.)