Join us for our monthly in-person Good Afternoon Long Beach event!
We will hear from Long Beach Councilmember, Dr. Suely Saro
About Councilmember Saro:Dr. Suely Saro is the first Cambodian American to serve as a Councilmember in the City of Long Beach. She understands the immigrant experience first-hand and this drives her commitment to fighting for equity. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand to parents who survived the Cambodian Genocide. Focused on a future of organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy, Suely pushed against the odds to earn three degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) and Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Dr. Saro began her career as a labor organizer, working alongside janitors and healthcare workers in their fight for fair wages and better working conditions. Then, she went on to become the first Cambodian American Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action, helping develop leadership skills in youth to improve their schools and community. Dr. Saro then joined the Health Access Project at Asians Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles to provide education, build coalitions, and conduct advocacy on the Affordable Care Act. She later served as a field representative for the Office of former State Senator Ricardo Lara, meanwhile was a past Chair of Long Beach’s Citizen Police Complaint Commission. Dr. Saro recently served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. She currently works as a Conservancy Project Development Specialist to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), meanwhile serving on the Long Beach City Council.