Lunch with Special Guests Dawn Rowe and Steve PonTell
11:30 am Social • 12:00 pm Lunch
Red Hill Country Club
8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
ABOUT DAWN ROWE, 3rd District Supervisor, San Bernardino County
The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18 unanimously appointed former Yucca Valley Mayor Dawn Rowe to serve as Third District supervisor and complete the final two years of the term to which now-Assemblyman James Ramos was elected in 2016.
Supervisor Rowe, who was selected from a field of 43 qualified applicants, was immediately administered the oath of office and took her seat on the Board of Supervisors, which for the first time in the county’s 165-year history features a female majority.
In applying for the appointment, Supervisor Rowe cited experience dealing with key issues in the district, including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, water hauling, vacation rentals and off-road recreation. She also expressed understanding of countywide issues and committed herself toward building a positive working relationship with the other members of the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Rowe (rhymes with “now”), who has lived in the Morongo Basin since 2003, served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014, including a turn as mayor, and worked as a field representative for Assemblyman and then Congressman Paul Cook from 2009 until her appointment to the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18. She has been a substitute teacher with the Morongo Unified School District since 2009 and is active in a host of community organizations.
Supervisor Rowe has a master’s degree in advertising from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications & public relations (double major) from Drake University.
The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas.
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ABOUT STEVE PONTELL, 3rd District Supervisor, San Bernardino County
Steve PonTell (born 1961) is an entrepreneur, business executive and policy expert based in Southern California. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of National Community Renaissance (National CORE), founder of the La Jolla Institute and a leading voice on community development, housing affordability and neighborhood transformation. PonTell’s works have been frequently published in newspapers throughout Southern California. He has led regional, state and national symposiums on the issue of housing affordability and has testified before Congress and the California Assembly on ways to address the housing shortage.
PonTell was born in 1961 in Loma Linda, California, and grew up in Big Bear Lake, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and a Master of Business Administration from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
PonTell has helped lead a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and held several public-private leadership positions over the years. He was co-founder for @Work Consulting Group, served as California director for the Center for the New West and served as CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Council, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, PonTell founded the La Jolla Institute, a California-based non-profit, nonpartisan institution for policy research, education, and economic development.
In 2012, he was named President and CEO of National CORE, a U.S. non-profit community builder specializing in affordable, multifamily, mixed-income, senior, workforce and special needs housing. Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, National CORE operates in four states: California, Florida, Texas and Arkansas. The company is one of the largest national nonprofit developers of affordable housing in the United States, with nearly 9,000 units.
PonTell serves on a number of notable boards of directors, including The California Endowment, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.
PonTell has been a leading voice in the area of housing affordability and community transformation. In addition to leading regional and national symposiums on behalf of National CORE, PonTell has presented to the National Housing Conference, the University of California, Riverside School for Public Policy, the California Assembly and numerous other groups. In 2016, he served as moderator for the Southern California Association of Governments’ housing and economic summits.
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