COC Membership
Current committee members


It is expected that the committee will draw upon additional resources from the pool of knowledge, experience, and technical expertise as deemed necessary.

Jan-Paolo Canteras, Associated Student Body

Jan Paolo Canteras is a third-year student at Long Beach City College. Born and raised in the Philippines, Jan Paolo is currently studying Psychology and planning to transfer to UCLA or UC Irvine. His ultimate goal is to be able to work for the federal government as a Forensic Psychologist.

His academic involvement includes the John Fylpaa Leadership Institute 3rd Cohort, President’s Ambassadors, The Order of Tong International, Filipino Kalayaan Club and the Associated Student Body with the intentions of joining the Honor Society for his final year. He enjoys serving in leadership positions because he wants to be a voice for the student body as a representative to better communicate the needs of the students to campus leadership and improve the quality of the student body experience.

His advocacy for this year includes the LGBTQ+ students having their own center, revamping the College Service Cards, more visible and established pantry for the food insecure, a student-friendly campus during the evening hours and student representation access.

His hobbies include hanging out with my parents when it’s a family day, teaching his puppy new tricks and playing the piano. But his work as a student leader is a 24/7 job, which he loves nonetheless.

Randy Gordon, Local Business Community

Randy Gordon was named President/CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in April 1994. As President and CEO, Gordon is responsible for providing the leadership, direction, and administration for all aspects of the Chamber’s activities. The Long Beach Chamber is a membership organization of over 1,000 businesses committed to continual improvement of the community, economy and the quality of life in the greater Long Beach region. Prior to his position at Long Beach, he was CEO of the Covina, CA Chamber for 12 years.

Gordon is a past-Chairman of the Board of the Western Association Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) and holds the distinction as an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE). He was the recipient of the W.A.C.E. Executive of the Year award in 1995, and the 2001 Russell E. Pettit Memorial “Excellence In Leadership” award. Gordon is the Past President of Southern California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a long time board member of the Association of Chamber of Executives (ACCE) and serves as Chairman of the Metro Cities Council for two years. He is a CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) distinction from ACCE, only of only 400 executives in the association’s history. He currently is the Chairman of ACCE’s FBI (Fringe Benefits Inc.).

He is a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Chamber Western Institute for Organization Management at San Jose State University, former instructor at the Stanford and Loyola University Institute, a past member of the Board of Regents of Western Institute, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Academy at Notre Dame, a past trustee for the National Board of the Institute. He is a current member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, a past Chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee, and is a past board member of the California Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Gordon is very involved in his community serving on numerous boards which currently includes; the YMCA, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, Board of Trustees for St. Mary Medical Center, the Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Governors, California State University of Long Beach Advisory Board for the School of Engineering, the Long Beach Grand Prix Foundation Board and Past-Chairman of the Miller Children’s Hospital Advisory Board. He is currently the President of the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House and was the original Treasurer who was very instrumental in helping the Board raise 6.2 million dollars to build the house in 2011.

He is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Long Beach. He is past president of the 330 member Rotary Club of Long Beach and has 34 years of perfect attendance.

Gordon enjoys donating his time to dozens of non-profit organizations as their live auctioneer, or Master-of-Ceremonies, at their fundraising events each year in Long Beach.

Personally, he is a 1973 graduate of California State University, Fullerton. He is married to Nancy Becker; they have three grown sons, one daughter, four grandsons and two granddaughters whose ages are 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 years old.

Aaron Moore, Support Organization for the College

A Central Valley native, Aaron came to Long Beach in 1998 to attend CSU Long Beach where he earned his bachelor’s in communication studies and masters in public administration.  He serves the California State University system as the director of advancement at the CSU Office of the Chancellor and as the chief financial officer for the CSU Foundation.  Aaron is also the executive director of the CSU Alumni Council, which represents the university’s more than three million alumni. He is a member of the Long Beach City College Foundation board of governors and serves on the executive committee.  Aaron and his husband, John, live in Long Beach near the Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus.

Eric Berg, Senior Citizen’s Organization Member

Eric Berg is a Long Beach resident for over 13 years. His family is rooted in the community with his wife, Dina, as Director of a Long Beach-based non-profit and adjunct faculty member at CSULB and his daughter, Kenna, is currently attending Carver Elementary, a Girl Scout, and enthusiastic AYSO soccer player.

Professionally, Eric has spent the last 25 years in management within the commercial construction industry. First as the owner of a specialty contracting company and for the last 16 years, as Sr. Vice President of a large national Design-Build firm. Gray Construction is a 56-year-old pioneer in Design- Build, specializing in construction management, engineering, and architecture. Gray performs in most of the 50 states including HI, with annual revenues in excess of $1B.   After a decade serving as Vice President of the Retail / Commercial Construction Market,  Eric assumed responsibilities as leader of Construction Operations for the Western US. His duties include resource acquisition and allocation (talent), project acquisition, pre-construction services, risk management and customer retention. Eric has budget oversight of construction operations within the core markets of Retail, Commercial, Industrial and Private Education.

Outside of work, Eric is involved in two Long Beach-based non-profits, The Heart of Ida and Team 100. Eric volunteers for and serves as the Treasurer of the Board for The Heart of Ida (HOI).  HOI is a Long Beach-based non-profit that serves Older Adults with a mission of keeping them safe in their homes and independent as long as possible.  HOI serves the Long Beach community with many free programs including home safety and repair, fall prevention and education, Tai Chi, reading, senior socialization, technology groups and Holiday Hearts.

Eric is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and the Court of Master Sommeliers. In his spare time, Eric enjoys time with his family and friends, coaching soccer, fly fishing and the outdoors.

Eric David, Community at Large

Long Beach resident Eric David is a retired electrical and building contractor. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he subsequently earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocational Education from California State University, Long Beach. He was a professor of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College, teaching part time from 1957 to 1977 and then full time from 1977 to 2000. In his years at LBCC, he was active in facilities improvements at the Pacific Coast Campus (formerly the Business and Technical Campus) and has knowledge of both campuses as well as current bond-funded construction projects. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Schools Financial Credit Union for 31 years where has been active on the Facility Committee, and he is currently on the board for his HOA, in which role he has initiated the installation of a new solar system as well as other improvements for the property.

Dr. Rebecca J. Turrentine, Community at Large

Dr. Rebecca Turrentine retired in 2003 from a thirty-year career as an educator, starting as a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District, and serving for the final ten years as the Superintendent of the Bellflower Unified School District, serving the cities of Lakewood, Bellflower, and Cerritos.  While serving as a superintendent, Dr. Turrentine had extensive experience with instructional and facilities improvement projects and was named California Superintendent of the Year in 2000, The Polaris Good Scout of the Year for the Long Beach Area Boy Scout Council in 2000, and was awarded the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.  

In 2004, Dr. Turrentine was appointed by Mayor Beverly O’Neill to the first Long Beach Commission on Youth and Children, where she was elected as its first Chair.  In this role, she led the development of the first ”Profile of the Wellbeing of Youth and Children” for the City of Long Beach, which resulted in Long Beach being named one of America’s Promise 100 Best Communities for Young People in both 2005 and 2007.  She has also served on the Executive Planning Committee for the Youth Services Network in the City of Long Beach and has served since 2015 as a member of the LBCC Foundation Board of Governors. 

In 2005, the LA County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Turrentine to the Los Angeles County Board of Education, where she served for ten years.  As a Board member, she chaired the Audit Oversight and Finance Committees.  Working with the LA County Chief of Probation, she served on the LA County Board of Supervisors Educational Reform Steering Committee, which provided the oversight for the implementation of the Educational Reform Plan for incarcerated youth across LA County, including facility, technological, and instructional improvements. 

Dr. Turrentine was born and raised in Long Beach and lives here with her husband of 50 years.  They have two married daughters and four grandchildren who reside in the City of Long Beach and attend/attended Long Beach public schools.  She graduated from Long Beach Poly, earned her BA from CSULB, her MA from the University of LaVerne, and her doctorate in Educational Administration and Organizational Leadership from the University of Southern California. 

Sharon Diggs-Jackson, Community at Large

Sharon Diggs-Jackson was born and raised in Long Beach. A proud product of the LBUSD, Sharon attended Lincoln Elementary, Franklin Junior High, and Wilson High School.  She received a full scholarship to the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Administration.

Following graduation, she started her professional career with IBM, where she served 12 years as an auditor and administrative branch manager.  In 1990, she began her 20-year career with the City of Long Beach as an Analyst in the Long Beach Police Department’s Narcotics and Crime Analysis Divisions. Later she helped to create and manage the Neighborhood Nuisance Abatement Program and served as the Long Beach Airport’s Public Affairs Officer, and Noise Abatement Officer.

Sharon’s community service is extensive, most notably she was the co-founder of the Education Council of African American Parents, she has served on the board of Leadership Long Beach, LB Bar Foundation-Shortstop Program, Bridge Crossing Jubilee, and various LBUSD Parent Advisory Committees.

Following her retirement in 2010, Sharon, and her husband Dr. J. David Jackson began a journey to discover and connect with their family roots that landed them in Selma, AL. In 2011, in collaboration with the City of Selma, the Jackson’s modernized and reopened the Selma Walton Theater, which had been closed for 10 years. 

A student of history, Sharon is a trained genealogist and the author of the book, Images of America: SELMA, published in November 2014.

Sharon and her husband have raised their four children in Long Beach, and they reside in Long Beach-Lakewood Village neighborhood.  They are also longtime members of St. Mark Baptist Church, located in Central Long Beach.

Joan Greenwood, Community at Large

Joan Greenwood and her late husband, John Gailey, moved to the Wrigley District of Long Beach in 1986 when she accepted a position as the Director of Marketing for a high tech company in Harbor City.  She is an analytical chemist currently employed by an environmental consulting firm.  In addition to her technical responsibilities, she negotiates and manages contracts with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works.  She is well known throughout the City for her volunteer activities and advocacy for economic, social and environmental justice.

Ms. Greenwood recently completed her second term on the Sustainable City Commission and is the Seventh District Representative on the Community Advisory Committee for the I-710 Improvement Project.  Recently, she also served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments Air Quality Action Plan.  She is a founding Board member of the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) which focuses on building a strong sense of community and tackling quality of life issues through collaboration and partnerships with the City.

  • Sustainable City Commissioner, City of Long Beach
  • Community Representative, Land Use and Transportation Element Update Planning Initiative, City of Long Beach
  • Initiating Committee and Stakeholder Group Representative:  Long Beach Community Partnerships 4 Results which was formed to develop performance measurements and progress indicators for City Departments
  • Community Representative:  Los Angeles River Alternative Flood Control Study, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
  • Community Representative:  Long Beach Naval Complex Restoration Advisory Board
  • Senior Project Manager, Long Beach RiverLink Master Planning Process
  • Water Resources subcommittee chair and Sustainable City Program subcommittee member:  Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010 Environmental Task Force
  • Environmental Advisory Commission, Former State Senator (now Congressman) Alan Lowenthal
  • Water Quality Committee, Los Angeles, and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council
  • Technical Advisory Committee, City of Long Beach 6th Street and DeForest Park Wetlands Feasibility Study
  • San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) Watershed Open Space Plan – Working Group Member

Ms. Greenwood has a strong interest in the continued success of Long Beach City College and recognizes the importance of ensuring that the community knows their investment in LBCC is being managed prudently.  She supported the Bond Measure because she believes the future success of our City is dependent on having a workforce that is ready, willing and able to meet the needs of the 21st-century employers.  To meet those needs, there must be a balance of liberal arts, STEM, and vocational skills as part of everyone’s educational foundation.

As a former product manager and a current project manager, Ms. Greenwood developed the financial skills and the contracting knowledge to evaluate construction documents and monitor contractor performance.  In her current position, she is primarily responsible for the management of public agency contracts.