New Long Beach Health Director Brings Decades of Experience and Innovation to Leadership Role

Alison King named as the Director of Long Beach Health Department

Alison King has been named the new permanent director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) after serving as Acting Director since October 2023. With over five years of experience in public health administration and more than 20 years of experience in human services, King brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role.

As Director of the Health Department, King will be responsible for overseeing more than 55 programs related to public health services, housing, homelessness, mental health, and family and youth development. She will manage a team of more than 500 employees across 12 sites in the city and oversee an annual budget of $180 million, primarily funded by federal, state, county, and private sources.

King’s career with the City of Long Beach began in 2005 when she joined the Housing Authority, a bureau within the Health Department. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Bureau Manager in 2016. During her time as Bureau Manager, King successfully managed a $110 million budget that provided subsidized housing for over 7,000 local low-income renters, earning recognition as a high-performing agency by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

City Manager Tom Modica expressed his confidence in King’s abilities to excel in her new role as director and continue to make positive changes in the community. He praised her critical thinking, innovative problem-solving approach, compassionate leadership style and her positive impact on the Health Department and its community it serves.

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