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Mr. Steve PonTell

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La Jolla Institute
10373 Trademark St . Suite C
Rancho Cucamonga , California 91730
United States

Company Description: The LA JOLLA INSTITUTE is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan institution for policy research, education, and economic development. The focus of the Institute is...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science
    California Polytechnic State University
  • Bachelor of Science
    Polytechnic State University
  • MBA
    Claremont Graduate School
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Board of Directors | The La Jolla Institute, 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
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Steve PonTell
The California Endowment > About > Biography > Steve PonTell, 10 Nov 2014 [cached]
Steve PonTell The California Endowment > About > Biography > Steve PonTell
California Endowment
Steve PonTell BOARD Member
Steve PonTell joined The California Endowment's board of directors in July 2011.
PonTell, a resident of Ontario, CA, is the president of the La Jolla Institute, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, institution for policy research, education and economic development. The Institute focuses on advancing understanding of the critical elements necessary for both communities and corporations to achieve long-term economic competitiveness.
Prior to his current positions, PonTell was involved in the start-up and management of a number of entrepreneurial ventures in the Inland Empire. He was also a co-founder and served as a consultant for @Work Consulting Group, a consulting company focused on improving the performance of its national and international clients through the integration of technology, work practice and architecture. PonTell also served from 1993-1996 as the California Director for the Center for the New West, a think tank founded in 1989 with the stated mission to provide a platform for Western State leaders of business, government, education and civic institutions to address, regional, national and global problems and to develop practical solutions.
His passion for economic and community development was kindled in the first decade of his career serving as CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Council (1989-1993), the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (1987-1989), and the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce (1985-1987). PonTell also served as the assistant to the city manager for Economic Development for the City of Big Bear Lake (1983-1985).
He has a history of working with thought leaders from around Southern California on big-picture issues such as the evolution of suburbia, the changing nature of work and the emerging creative economy. He is not strictly an economist, charting the economic development of the region, he is an economic developer, helping public and private entities understand contemporary issues and trends and how they can best prepare themselves to work within those new realities.
PonTell also serves on a number of nonprofits' board of directors, including Vice Chairman of the Children's Fund, a public/private partnership founded to bridge the gap between the needs of children in San Bernardino County and services available through government programs. He is also Vice chairman of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, on the board of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino and a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association, and has presented at numerous conferences.
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Steve PonTell - Senior Fellow | The La Jolla Institute, 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
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Steve PonTell
Managing Member, Community Asset Recovery Enterprise, LLC (CARE) President, La Jolla Institute
Steve is currently juggling three very distinct activities each with a unique view of the future and the new economy.
Building a company focused on helping communities address the current wave of foreclosures / trustee sales that have the potential of tilting communities to a significant number of absentee property owners away from homeowners. CARE is well positioned to partner with communities and lenders to facilitate the current restructuring of the real estate market.
As President of the La Jolla Institute, a California based, non-profit think-tank, Steve is vigorously involved in "Pioneering the New Community". Since founding the La Jolla Institute in 1996, he has focused his activities on advancing a better understanding of the critical elements necessary for both communities and corporations to achieve long term economic competitiveness. The La Jolla Institute is currently working on a major research project studying the changing nature of retailing and the relationship between the electronic and physical worlds and strategic planning projects with Orange County, California and the Great Valley Center in California's Central Valley. A nationally recognized authority on community development and the workplace of the future, Steve over the last fifteen years has initiated numerous corporate and community trailblazing projects.
Steve's role as a consultant is to bring strategic consulting to both corporations and communities in light of the changes underway in the economy and the workplace.
Additionally, Mr. PonTell's regional economic development efforts have involved:
Steve PonTell La Jolla Institute 10373 Trademark Suite C Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 948-5484
NHC Board of Governors, 12 Oct 2014 [cached]
Steve PonTell President & CEO National Community Renaissance
Roger Selbert - Senior Fellow | The La Jolla Institute, 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
Steve PonTell
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