Acquanetta Warren was elected as Fontana’s first female and first African American Mayor in December, 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Mayor Warren has focused her administrations on improving public safety, bringing business, generating jobs, creating educational opportunities and advocating for a healthier community.
Mayor Warren is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) leadership team and Educational Task Force. In 2016, the USCM named the City of Fontana the number one mid-sized sized city in the Nation for eliminating Childhood Obesity. Mayor Warren is the founder of the Healthy Fontana Program, which is now a model program across the nation. Ms. Warren has received numerous recognitions and several awards for her efforts to increase healthy lifestyles for all citizens throughout the Inland Empire as founder of Healthy Fontana Program. In 2015, Mayor Warren was awarded the prestigious Health Champion Award for Southern California Elected Officials from the California Center for Public Health. Through her efforts, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health announced a 47% reduction in Fontana’s hospitalization rates for obesity related illnesses in both children and adults and a 46% reduction in obesity rates in both children and adults through the years of 2008-2012.
Ms. Warren is striving to improve public safety and in 2013, Fontana was named as one of the top 20 safest communities in the entire country. Mayor Warren, broken hearted over some of the recent violence in the nation, recently held an event to have an open conversation connecting police, church and community. This event brought the public out to share concerns, gain a deeper understanding of issues impacting law enforcement and the community working towards “One Fontana”.
Fiscal responsibility has also been one of Mayor Warren’s top priorities and in 2017 Fontana was rated as one of the financially strongest cities in America. In an article from the “Fiscal Times” the City of Fontana was rated as the second strongest city over 210,000 in population in the entire country.
Mayor Warren is an advocate for new business and jobs always promoting the city as “Open for Business” and increasing jobs and sales tax. In 2011, Mayor Warren started a television show titled “Fontana is Open for Business”. “Open for Business” showcases local businesses and the services they offer. Recently, these efforts were recognized with the City being ranked 4th in the State of California in five-year annual growth of retail sales. During Mayor Warren’s time on the City Council, three interchanges were completed, opening up the roads to business and jobs in Fontana. These interchanges accommodate over 200,000 residents and the growth of the goods movement throughout the Inland Empire.
Mayor Warren has been an active community advocate for education. While in office Mayor Warren has held education summits with local schools, the community college district, and business leaders to begin outlining plans to prepare our youth for future job markets. She makes yearly efforts to raise money for the Fontana Boys and Girls Club exceeding $525,000 since 2011 by hosting the Mayors Gala because she knows encouraging education starts early.
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 her appointment, 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 currently serves with the League of California Cities as Vice Chair of the Administration Committee and the Vice Chair of the Governance, Transparency and Employee Relations Policy Committee. She is a member of the Aging/Senior Task Force and member of the Latino Leadership Alliance chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mayor Warren’s past service include 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.
She 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 one grandchild.