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Bonnie Lowenthal - Director

Bonnie Lowenthal brings to LINC Housing a broad history of public service as well as deep experience in the City of Long Beach. Now retired, during her three terms in the California Assembly, Bonnie’s district included the nation’s largest port complex and one of the most diverse populations in the state.

In the State Assembly, Bonnie helped deliver over 18,000 good-paying jobs and protected the employment rights of thousands of workers, while standing up for children, seniors, and the environment. She authored laws that protect coastal waters from invasive species, make it easier for older adults to stay in their homes, encourage state workers to blow the whistle on wrongdoing, and make it easier for school districts to give kids a safe ride to school. She wrote laws that bring additional federal funds to foster youth, protect injured workers from unjust medical bills, and reduce the cost of prison healthcare by millions of dollars a year. Bonnie’s leadership positions included chairing the Legislative Women’s Caucus, the Assembly Committee on Transportation, the Joint Committee on Emergency Management, and the Select Committee on Ports. She served as a member of the committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials, Health, and other select committees.

Prior to serving in Sacramento, Bonnie served two terms on the Long Beach Unified School Board, helping Long Beach earn a national reputation as one of the country’s best urban school districts. She also served two terms on the Long Beach City Council, where she made sure that the residents of her working-class district were as well represented at City Hall as residents of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

Since the late 1980’s, Bonnie has taken an active role in affordable housing. Appointed as Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness in 1987, she has looked for mechanisms to house people and prevent homelessness. As a City Councilmember and the Chairperson of the city’s Housing and Neighborhoods Committee, she authored the Housing Trust Fund for the City of Long Beach and brought to Long Beach the first city-administered overnight shelter for single men and women. Most recently, Bonnie chaired the mayor’s task force on Affordable Housing for the city and provided recommendations to the Long Beach City Council.

Bonnie Lowenthal received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s of Science in Community and Clinical Psychology from Cal State Long Beach. She has been a licensed family counselor and mental health consultant. Bonnie has been named Legislator of the Year by the California Assisted Living Association, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the California Chiropractic Association. Her efforts on behalf of women and children, as well as her efforts in transportation and aging/long-term care generated similar accolades.

 
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