John Pope Named Director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations at LBCC

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John Pope is the new Director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations at Long Beach Community College

John Pope is the new Director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations at Long Beach Community College

Long Beach City College has named John Pope as the new Director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations, Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley announced Monday. Pope will oversee the college’s strategic communications efforts, media relations, community outreach and legislative affairs in his new role, which began on January 5.

Pope is a former journalist who most recently served as Community Relations Manager for the Port of Long Beach.

“John’s expertise in strategic communications and community outreach will raise Long Beach City College’s visibility to both new and existing audiences,” Oakley said. “He has an extensive background working in communications, media and community relations in Long Beach and the region. We look forward to John leading his team to help LBCC strength its communications efforts both internally and to the greater community.”

Pope joined the Port of Long Beach in 2005 as Media Relations Manager and was named Community Relations Manager in 2012. He has led the Port’s extensive media and community outreach activities as well as communications efforts for the $1.3 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. Prior to joining the Port, he worked as a writer and reporter for the Long Beach-Press Telegram, Los Angeles Times and other media outlets in the greater Los Angeles area. He was an editorial writer and member of the editorial board for the Long Beach Press-Telegram from 2000 to 2005.

“Long Beach City College is one of the great educational pillars in our community and a tremendous economic asset for our entire region,” Pope said. “I am very excited to be part of the college’s mission, and look forward to working with the Long Beach community in this new capacity.”

Pope is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO), and the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in communication from California State University, Fullerton. Pope, his wife, Janice, and their two children, are residents of Long Beach.

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