Susana Gonzalez Edmond has more than 15 years of senior-level professional experience in both the public and private sectors. At Ek, Sunkin & Bai, she will play a leading role in the firm’s Long Beach office and will be heavily involved in public affairs and issues management campaigns throughout California.
Susana’s diverse career includes many notable accomplishments. She served as chief of staff to then-Vice Mayor Robert Garcia of Long Beach. In that role, Susana managed the district’s infrastructure projects, economic development initiatives and community relations activities. She also regularly staffed the vice mayor at California Coastal Commission meetings. She was the chief policy advisor and liaison to community organizations, labor unions, business associations and neighborhood stakeholders. During her tenure as chief of staff, she served on the Port of Long Beach’s Legislative Advisory Committee and participated on several Port-related projects, such as the Middle Harbor Expansion and Gerald Desmond Bridge.
Susana began her career in higher education and was the founding executive director for the California State Student Association, a membership organization representing more than 400,000 students. She spent eight years leading higher education advocacy campaigns statewide. Two key accomplishments were the passage of AB 302, which increased financial aid for qualified low-income students, and a voter registration campaign that registered more than 20,000 new voters in California. It was an effort recognized by then-Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Most recently, Susana worked for Southern California Edison, a Fortune 500 utility company, where she managed state and local government associations and lead the company’s engagement strategy for the Latino, LGBTQ, senior adults and military veteran communities. She developed a stakeholder mapping tool for the company’s public affairs department and managed social media strategy. Susana also facilitated the operation of an advisory group, which included top company executives and local elected officials. The advisory group’s purpose was to solve and prevent problems with major capital infrastructure projects and the company’s key policy priorities.
She was recognized by the Long Beach Community Hispanic Association’s 2016 Nuestra Imagen Awards with the “Excellence in Public & Civic Leadership Award.” Susana was selected to lead the Latina advocacy day in the Capitol for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), the largest Latina advocacy organization in the country. She is the former chair of the City of Long Beach Sustainability Commission and a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute Class of 2011.
Susana has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos, an M.P.A. in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Project Management Certificate from Caltech.