Nancy Foster

Nancy Foster and her husband Bob, former Mayor of Long Beach, raised their two sons in Sacramento. They lived in Sacramento for twenty- three years before settling in Long Beach. Long Beach has been their home for the past 15 years.

Nancy has spent the last 12 years dedicated to serving the Long Beach community and anyone who knows her knows she is passionate and committed to making a difference. She serves on the board member for the Long Beach Cancer league, Long Beach BLAST, ELLAS, Embracing Latina Leadership Alliance, a program for mentoring young Latina girls and The Steel Magnolias. She is also a trustee of St. Mary’s and the new Ronald McDonald House. Nancy hosts a annual reception for Operation Teddy Bear, an organization that gives backpacks filled with school supplies to over 5,600 first grade children in the Long Beach area. and She served as an active Honorary Chair for the Mark Twain Library to raise one million dollars for the Family Learning Center. She served on the steering committee the new Mental Health Facility at The Center on 4th St, which just opened on February the 4th.

In 1999 her love of animals took her to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach where she worked with injured and orphaned wildlife for four years.

Through her work with the Village 2001 Mentoring Program at Rogers Elementary School, Nancy was a mentor for Patty Duran, for three years and became her godmother.

She is active during the holidays with Better Balance for Long Beach with their annual Christmas Store that helps 500 families shop for their children with dignity.

A proud moment for Nancy was receiving the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the President of CSULB, Dr. Robert Maxson in 2005 for her dedicated work in the community.

In 2007 Nancy was especially touched when she was awarded the Golden Duckie award by the Mental Health Village. She has been open about her struggle with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder which was in the Press Telegram in November 2006. She has traveled to Sacramento and shared her story with the California Mental Health Commission, and spoke in West Hollywood to the Disability Advisory Board. She is pleased that being open about her mental health challenges has healthy for everyone.

Nancy and Bob have been married for 40 years and along with their two sons, Kenny and James, her greatest joys are her three grandchildren: Taylor, 7, Bobby, 5, and Ryan, 2.

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