07 Feb Miller Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees
On February 3, the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees, growing its leadership to the largest body in recent history at nine trustees. The growth of the board reflects the foundation’s commitment to community service and desire to continue to provide informed and effective support for services and programming.
Meet Our New Board Trustees
Mr. Turner has served Long Beach youth for over 20 years. Malcolm helped to pioneer health and fitness programming through the YMCA at three LBUSD elementary school sites, and, due to the program’s success, was brought on by the district to increase its impact. Mr. Turner has gone on to positions administrating youth programs for middle school, and now serves as Dean of Students at Lakewood High School. Malcolm received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology at Sonoma State University, and holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from National University. The Miller Foundation is fortunate to have the experience and input of a mentor and leader committed to improving the lives of K-12 youth.
Why I serve on the Miller Foundation Board of Trustees: From an early age, I knew that I wanted to make a difference for young people. I focused on improving children’s health and well-being to help build a strong foundation that would in turn create greater opportunities for success and longevity. I am honored to be part of The Miller Foundation’s long-standing tradition of support for organizations seeking to reach common goals.
Tracy M. Colunga, MSW
Tracy M. Colunga, MSW, is the new Civic Engagement Practice Director at the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation, Johns Hopkins University. She has spent her life’s work focused on policies and projects that advocate for Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, justice involved, and people of color. As the former Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Long Beach, CA, she and her team led the development of the Language Access Policy, African American Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, My Brother’s Keeper, and the Justice Lab. As the granddaughter of migrant farmworkers, Ms. Colunga is a first-generation college graduate and holds a master’s degree from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She is Lecturer at California State University Long Beach School of Social Work. Tracy Colunga and her family reside in Long Beach, CA.
Why I serve on the Miller Foundation Board of Trustees: I am honored to be a Miller Foundation Trustee. The mission of the foundation aligns with my core values of health, education and well-being for children. As a first-generation college graduate, I have experienced first-hand how education breaks the cycle of poverty. I hope to use my role as a Trustee to fund projects that break the cycle of poverty and child abuse, and prosper education, health and the arts for children and youth in the City of Long Beach.
Cynthia D. Terry
Cynthia retired after 38 years with the Long Beach Unified School District, where she served as educator and administrator. Following her retirement, Mrs. Terry consulted for emerging administrators as a certified leadership coach for several years. Cynthia, who was inducted into the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame in 2020, has also been honored with Press Telegram’s Amazing Women Lifetime Achievement Award and the JLLB Helen D. Newcomb Leadership and Service Award. Cynthia has served on several boards, including the Pearl Foundation, Assistance League of Long Beach, Long Beach City College Foundation and CSULB College of Education MJ Patterson Committee. Cynthia holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from CSULB and a Masters of Arts from Pepperdine University.
The Miller Foundation looks forward to Cynthia’s celebrated perspective and seasoned educational experience in forming future policy.
Why I serve on the Miller Foundation Board of Trustees: Supporting children and families in attaining access and opportunities that impact their educational, social, emotional and physical well-being has been my lifework. Building equitable opportunities in underserved communities is where my time, resources and talents can be best spent.
Joining the Miller Foundation as a trustee will allow me to engage in impactful measures that will directly uplift, strengthen and foster the well-being of children in the Long Beach community.
The Miller Foundation has sustained a stellar legacy of incredible, consistent assistance to organizations that genuinely are making a difference within our own neighborhoods. I am honored to join my colleagues in our concerted effort to continue the initial passion, hopes and aspirations of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation.