When Heather Brel joined the JLLB seven years ago she wanted to give back to the community and to learn more about the City of Long Beach. She never expected she would receive way more than she gave. Her personal and professional development along with the lifelong friendships she has made are what makes her involvement in the League so special.
Prior to becoming the Membership Vice President, Heather most recently served as Chair to the New Member Training committee and has been on the Board before in the capacity of Nominating Chair. Her first two years in the League, Heather was very involved with the Public Affairs Committee where she was able to assist in the development of the Long Beach Human Trafficking Taskforce. Now called Advocacy, it was this committee that afforded her the opportunity to attend the annual SPAC conference in Sacramento where she gained a wealth of knowledge and witnessed firsthand, the tremendous impact made by the women of Junior League. However, it is back here in Long Beach, where Heather feels her work has the most influence when she mentors fifth grade girls as an instructor for Especially Me!
Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University Fowler School of Law. She served as a Deputy City Prosecutor for the City of Long Beach for four and half years before joining the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where she has worked as a Deputy District Attorney since 2013.
Heather lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bobby; their son, Landon; and their lovable golden retriever, Riley. She loves to snowboard whenever possible, but on most weekends she can be found hiking or biking with her husband, and enjoying time (most often around a good meal) with family and friends.