Long Beach Councilwoman Suzie Price Biography
Susan (“Suzie”) Price moved to Long Beach in 1990 where she continuously has served as a community advocate and leader. Driven by her devotion for justice and community service, Suzie has been working as a Deputy District Attorney for over 17 years handling a variety cases including gangs, homicides, and domestic violence. She is currently serving in a management and training position as an Assistant Head of Court.
Suzie graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1994 with a B.A. in Political Science where her passion for politics and community service flourished. While completing her undergraduate studies, Suzie was active in student government, serving as an Associate Justice, a student Senator and finally Student Body President. Suzie also was a student teacher at the Isabelle Patterson Child Development Center from 1990-1992. In 1996, Suzie earned her M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from CSULB and while there started several scholarship programs to assist students who were in financial need. She graduated with Distinction and was selected as CSULB’s “1996 Outstanding Graduate from the college of Health and Human Services”. She went to law school at Santa Clara University and graduated with her JD in 1999. She was admitted to the California State Bar that year.
Suzie began her career as a prosecutor in 1999 as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County. In 2003 Suzie moved back to Long Beach and worked in the private sector representing city governments as a Deputy City Attorney on a variety of matters, such as employment law, police officer defense, drafting legislation, and prosecuting violations of the municipal code. She represented management in labor contract negotiations and disciplinary hearings. Suzie has been honored with multiple awards for excellent work in her legal career.
In terms of community service, Suzie has served on the CSULB Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Advisory Board and as a board member for the CSULB Lois J. Swanson Leadership Center. She has provided leadership workshops for CSULB students on such topics as making responsible choices and understanding the criminal justice system. She is actively involved in the District Attorney’s Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) and Orange Outreach, two community education programs designed to educate fourth, fifth and sixth graders in high risk communities about the dangers of gang membership and drugs. She remains active on traffic and public safety outreach and education programs throughout the state of California.
As a member of the Long Beach City Council, Suzie chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. She is the Vice Chair of the Council’s Budget Oversite Committee, the Tidelands Committee, the Economic Development & Finance Committee, and the Alamada Corridor Transportation Authority. She is an honorary Board member for Musical Theatre West and the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach.
Suzie and her husband, Mark, live in Alamitos Heights with their 12 year-old and 8 year-old sons who attend local Long Beach Unified schools. Suzie is an active member of the local school communities, participating in virtually all of the events and programs, including speaking at career day and helping the Student Council with service projects. In 2010, Suzie worked with the Lowell Student Council to collect hundreds of stuffed animals for the service organizations Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) and the Boys and Girls Club. Suzie has been an active member of the Lowell Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She co-chaired the school’s annual auction in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and served as a committee chair for other PTA sponsored events. Suzie served on the PTA’s Executive Board during the 2012-2013 academic year. Suzie and her family have the love and support of her mother who resides in the Marina Pacifica residential community.