Kelly Colopy, MPP

Director of Health and Human Services

Kelly Colopy is the Director of the Health and Human Services Department for the City of Long Beach, CA. The Department has over 330 employees in 40 programs in the areas of public health, family preservation, homeless services, and the housing authority. These teams work with government, community and business partners to improve the health, wellness and resiliency of people in Long Beach.

Ms. Colopy has spent the past 30 years working at the Federal, State, County and local levels to design and implement systems and services that build wellness and resiliency for communities, families and individuals. Her roles prior to coming to Long Beach include:

Network Director for Optum Salt Lake County’s 225 provider mental health network in Salt Lake County, Utah

Associate Director for Salt Lake County Human Services and Community Services departments leading cross agency and data efforts in public health, aging services, behavioral health, community development, criminal justice services and jail re-entry, youth at risk, library services, parks & recreation, theaters and museums.

Research Director for the State of Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Research Consultant designing cross-agency systems in the Executive Director’s Office for the Utah Department of Human Services which included child and family services, behavioral health services, juvenile justice, people with disabilities, and aging services.

Ms. Colopy has a successful history of designing and implementing cross-agency and community initiatives, organizational and community facilitation, leadership development efforts, strategic planning and performance measures. During her tenure in Long Beach, the Department has expanded to include the City’s Office of Equity and Language Access Program, My Brothers’ Keeper, trauma and resiliency informed efforts, violence prevention and alternatives to incarceration planning and coordination, human trafficking program, fatherhood program, early childhood education strategic plan, and healthy aging center.

Kelly holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from Smith College.