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Mr. Steve PonTell

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President and Chief Executive Off...

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Local Address:  Los Angeles , California , United States
National Community Renaissance
9065 Haven Avenue Suite 100
Rancho Cucamonga , California 91730
United States

Company Description: National Community Renaissance (National CORE) is a non-profit housing development organization dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and enhancement by building...   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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"We are extremely grateful for Wells ..., 9 Jan 2016 [cached]
"We are extremely grateful for Wells Fargo's continued support of After School and Beyond and of Hope through Housing generally," said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Community Renaissance, which founded Hope through Housing in 1998.
Leadership – National CORE, 9 Jan 2016 [cached]
Steve PonTell
President and CEO
Steve PonTell is the Chief Executive Officer and President of National Community Renaissance. In 1996, Steve founded the La Jolla Institute, a California-based nonprofit think tank that advances a better understanding of the critical elements necessary for both communities and corporations to achieve sustainable economic competitiveness. He is a nationally recognized authority on community development and creating forward-thinking organizations to maximize evolving market environments. Steve has a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University in City and Regional Planning and an EMBA from Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Business.
Roger Selbert - Senior Fellow | The La Jolla Institute, 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
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.
Steve PonTell
Steve PonTell, president and ..., 5 Feb 2015 [cached]
Steve PonTell, president and CEO of National CORE, which has properties throughout Southern California, said the Southland housing shortage is causing all sorts of negative consequences for communities and the lives of people, and that has far surpassed the crisis level, and its not getting anywhere near the attention it should be getting.
I would argue Southern California is short 600,000 units, he said.
Cities are highly incentivised to build retail space; if they can land a Costco or a car dealership, thats a huge win, PonTell said. Cities view housing as a negative, so they charge every conceivable fee they can charge on new housing development.
PonTell said that unless people figure out a way to incentivise cities to want more housing, we will never catch up.
He offered his own solution.
If the state of California took all of the sales tax and gave cities back an equal amount of income tax and based it half on where people live and half on where people work, now cities would be (incentivised) to produce jobs and housing because that is how they would get revenue, PonTell said.
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