Acquanetta Warren, Mayor
Acquanetta Warren was elected as the City of Fontana’s first female and African American Mayor in December 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Since taking office, Mayor Warren has and continues to be a strong advocate for economic development, jobs, affordable housing, public safety, a healthier community and fiscal integrity. Under the Mayor’s stewardship, the City of Fontana was named the fourth Most Prosperous City in the U.S. (with a population over 100,000), as well as the Most Prosperous City in California from RentCafé. This acknowledgment followed the 2017 Fiscal Times’ rating of Fontana as one of the financially strongest cities in the nation.
From the day the Mayor was inaugurated, she has emphasized that Fontana is “Open for Business” and works directly with the Fontana Chamber of Commerce to support the needs of the business community. This effort was rewarded in 2017 with the city being ranked fourth in California in the five-year annual growth of retail sales. During Mayor Warren’s time on the City Council, there has been significant economic growth and infrastructure improvements including - four reconstructed freeway interchanges resulting in reduced traffic congestion, safer streets and an ease of facilitating the movement of goods through San Bernardino County’s “Inland Empire.” In order to continue this economic growth, Mayor Warren began the “Mayor’s Manufacturing Council,” which saw more than 500 women attend the first annual Inland Empire Women in Manufacturing event.
Realizing that a strong economy requires a healthy community, Ms. Warren founded the award-winning program, Healthy Fontana. The program promotes an active community lifestyle and teaches smart nutrition choices. In 2016, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) named the City of Fontana the number one mid-sized city in the nation for eliminating childhood obesity. Ms. Warren has received numerous recognitions and several awards for her efforts throughout the Inland Empire, including 2017’s Health Champion Award for Southern California Elected Officials from the California Center for Public Health.
A strong community also needs safe neighborhoods. Public safety is among the Mayor’s highest priorities. In 2013, Fontana was named one of the top 20 safest communities in the country. Continuing to keep the community safe, the Mayor holds open conversations connecting the community with the police officers that serve to protect them.
Mayor Warren is an active community champion for education. While in office, Mayor Warren has held education summits with local schools, the community college district and business leaders to outline plans preparing the youth for future job markets. Since 2011, she has raised $525,000 for the Fontana Boys and Girls Club through her annual Mayor’s Gala.
Ms. Warren was appointed to the Fontana City Council as a city council member on December 17, 2002, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. Prior to the council, Ms. Warren served as Co-Chairperson of the City of Fontana General Plan Advisory Committee and Chairperson of the Citizen Village of Heritage Development Landscape Committee.
Mayor Warren represents Fontana on various committees at the regional, state and federal level. She was appointed to serve on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC) to focus on trade issues. The four-year term, which started in April 2018, will allow her to provide policy advice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade matters between state and local governments in the United States. She also serves on the San Bernardino Countywide Oversight Board and on the Board of Directors, General Policy Committee and Transit Committee of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. She is a member of the Aging/Senior Task Force and a member of the Latino Leadership Alliance chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mayor Warren’s past service includes various council subcommittees and boards and commissions, such as Water/Recycled Water Projects and Development Processing for New Communities, the State Park Commission, Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Directors and the Upland YMCA Board of Directors.
Mayor Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Urban Studies from Occidental College and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Theology from Next Dimension Bible College. Warren is a member of Water of Life Community Church and has three children and two grandchildren.