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About Dr. Juan M. Benitez

Dr. Juan M. Benitez is a father, educator, and community leader dedicated to Long Beach. He serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and as an Associate Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

With over 20 years of experience in higher education, Juan heads university-wide community engagement projects, programs, activities, and initiatives. He has helped raise close to $3 million in funding for projects in the region, working with over 100 nonprofit organizations and community groups as well as thousands of students and community members.

Through his work with the CCE, Juan helped to implement The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Long Beach, a 10-year effort to improve neighborhood conditions that contribute to good health. Juan also worked with AmeriCorps and community groups to create a collaborative vision to address youth development, parent engagement, equity and opportunity gaps, and school discipline issues in Long Beach schools. He currently serves on his campus’s Highly Valued Degree Initiative Student Engagement Task Force and on the ReLAY Institute team, focusing on providing improved education, employment, housing, and health for disconnected youth. Juan has also served as Co-Chair of the Committee for Community Collaboration, which hosted an annual Long Beach Community Issues Forum that brought thousands of students, educators, and community members together to engage in dialogue and develop proactive strategies to address key issues in areas such as college preparation completion rates, community health and homelessness.

Juan is the proud and dedicated parent of a daughter who just started kindergarten in Long Beach Unified School District.  A product of public schools, Juan earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Juan is also the proud son of hard-working immigrants from Mexico who came to the United States to pursue a better life for their family and achieve the American Dream.

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249 E. Ocean Blvd. Ste. 685
Long Beach, CA 90802