Mayor of Pomona, California
Tim Sandoval moved to Pomona when he was just nine years old. Even as a child, he knew that a community as richly diverse as Pomona was capable of amazing things. As Pomona High’s class speaker, he defended the character of the school and the surrounding community in an impassioned year-end speech. He attended Montvue Elementary, Emerson Middle School, and Pomona High School before finishing his education at University of California, Riverside.
After graduating, Tim returned to Pomona to help others in our community to access college as well. He led Pomona Valley Community Development Center’s youth programs, and then taught English at a nearby school. In 2001, Tim became a founding member of Bright Prospect, a mentoring organization that has helped more than two thousand low-income youth become part of the first generation of their family to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. Many of these youth come to share Tim’s passion for Pomona, returning after college to give back to the community.
Tim was elected Pomona Mayor in 2016 and has championed initiatives geared toward breathing new life into the community. This includes reinstatement of Pomona’s annual State of the City Address at the Fox Theater which has become an increasingly popular community celebration – highlighting the City’s accomplishments of the past year and outlining visionary goals for the future of Pomona; Pomona Beautiful clean-ups throughout the City each Tuesday and Saturday morning; and the Mayor’s Gala benefiting the Pomona Public Library. Tim actively represents Pomona outside of the City’s boundaries, serving on several regional boards, including his positions as the Chair to the Board of Directors for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority and the Vice-Chair for the Alameda Corridor East (ACE).