Tunua Thrash-Ntuk is a candidate for the Long Beach City Council, 8th District. A collaborative leader, Tunua works to catalyze opportunities in neighborhoods by creating great places to live, work, do business, and raise a family.
Tunua leads a local non-profit organization that helps transform underserved communities throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County regions. Under her leadership, the organization has financed and built thousands of affordable housing units, increased capital for small businesses, and advocated for smarter public policy around neighborhood revitalization.
In 2018, Tunua Co-Chaired the City of Long Beach’s "Everyone In" Economic Inclusion Policy Task Force, an initiative designed to provide economic inclusion recommendations to create a local economy that includes and benefits every Long Beach resident. As a member of the task force, she led the efforts to convene six months of policy roundtables with a multi-disciplinary team of experts such as Policy Link. As a result of these discussions, the Long Beach City Council adopted several of the task force's recommendations. Tunua organized Long Beach’s first Economic Inclusion Summit in 2018 with more than 250 local community partners, business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropic partners for a day-long conversation that explored innovative policy solutions to address Long Beach's economic inequities. Throughout her career, she has worked to attract several hundred thousand dollars in funding to create and sustain programs ensuring local equity and economic inclusion.
Tunua has a strong track record of serving her community as a board member or advisory board member to many organizations, including Housing California, Federal Home Loan Bank San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Council, City of LA Measure HHH Citizens Oversight Commission, Greenlining Institute, Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board, and Frontier Communications Community Advisory Board. She earned her Master’s in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.
Tunua also serves as her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop Leader, volunteers at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, and was crowned the 2019 Mrs. Long Beach. She and her husband, Uduak-Joe, are raising their children in the Riverdale Community of Uptown Long Beach.