Josef Levy was employed by the City of Long Beach and was a Commander with the Long Beach Police Department. During his twenty- eight-year career, he worked assignments in patrol, gangs, internal affairs, hostage negotiations, media relations and commanded a patrol division before his retirement in 2012.
Josef designs and delivers a multitude of quality training programs and was his department’s cultural diversity instructor. He is also an adjunct staff member at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance and has conducted workshops for thousands of law enforcement and educator professionals throughout the State of California. He travels around the country training on the State and Federal level as well as the International level, training delegations from France, Germany, Israel, Algiers and Russia.
He speaks regularly at schools, colleges, and to community groups. He was selected to assist in designing curriculum for The Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) for the state mandated Racial Profiling Training for law enforcement throughout the State of California. He has also co-facilitated a variety of mentally ill training courses that have been delivered to thousands of law enforcement professionals in California and Nevada.
Commander Levy is now Co-Owner of his firm, Embassy Consulting Services, LLC and continues to utilize his skills, experience and passion to educate others on the importance of building and maintaining safe, respectful and inclusive communities. Josef has received various prestigious awards and has been recognized at the Congressional level.
Josef is a cancer survivor and the President and Co-Founder of the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation. He is married and he and his wife have four sons.
Lysa Gamboa-Levy is responsible for Embassy’s youth programs. She developed the Ambassador Program, a year-long comprehensive leadership program for 4th – 8th grade students and has served as the Program Coordinator of the Ambassador Program at Weaver Elementary School in Los Alamitos since 2006. The program provides students with leadership skills, opportunities and experiences that empower them to be life-long leaders. Lysa serves on the Human Relations Task Force and the District Safety Committee for the Los Alamitos School District. She played a significant role in launching P.E.A.C.E. (People Exhibiting Appreciation and Compassion for Everyone) Week, an annual district-wide event where schools engage in lessons and activities to maintain a safe, inclusive and respectful community that prevents bullying behavior.
Lysa has an extensive background in human relations and leadership development. She is the former Senior Program Director for a national human relations organization and was responsible for the design and implementation of all programs which included the Building Bridges Human Relations Camps, Talking in Class, An On-Campus Dialogue Program, Human Relations Education and Facilitator Training, Cultural Awareness Program for the Long Beach Police Department and several workplace programs. Lysa also co-designed and facilitated the Neighborhood Leadership Program, a nationally recognized program for grass-roots leaders that is provided by the City of Long Beach Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau.
Retired Chief Charles F. Celano Jr. is a twenty-seven-year veteran of the Tustin Police Department. He worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Chief of Police. Over the course of his career, Chief Celano worked a variety of assignments including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Street Narcotics/Vice Detective, Orange County RNSP Detective, Gang Unit Sergeant, Patrol Area Commander and the Captain in charge of each of the two Bureaus – Community Policing and Administrative Services.
During his tenure, Chief Celano contributed to the introduction of the Area Command system of policing, the creation and implementation of two Strategic Plans, and the creation of the award-winning Neighborhood Improvement Task Force (NITF). In addition, Chief Celano oversaw the arduous process of receiving national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.). The Tustin Police Department is the 3rd agency in Orange County, and the 11th agency in the State of California to receive this distinguished honor.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class #258. In 2015, Chief Celano was the recipient of the Ambassador of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition for his work with the mentally ill. Chief Celano collaborated with a clinical psychologist to create a workshop that focuses on providing strategies and techniques for police officers, dispatchers, and other first responders to effectively communicate and interact with the mentally ill. Since its inception in late 2011, this training has received high praise and has been presented to over 10,000 first responders throughout the Western United States.
Jillian Ball has served as the Executive Assistant for Embassy Consulting Services, LLC for 6 years. She brings over twenty years of administrative and customer service experience and is fully committed to providing the highest standards in client and business support. In addition, Jillian assists with our Ambassador Program at Weaver Elementary School by providing support at meetings and special events.
Jillian is married and she and her husband have one son.