Tim Sandoval: A Dynamic Community Leader

Copy of IMG_0498Tim 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, 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 at-risk 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.

In 2016, Tim was elected as Pomona’s Mayor, garnering 63% of the vote.  Since his election, he has championed legislation aimed at inclusiveness, environmental sustainability, and fiscal responsibility.

Prior to his service as Mayor, Tim was chairperson for the Waste and Recycling Moratorium Task Force, and he is a board member of Clean & Green Pomona, the dA Center for the Arts, and the Pomona Public Library Foundation.

To hear more of Tim’s story, watch his 2014 talk at TedX Claremont.



  • Pomona Resident since 1980
  • Montvue Elementary ’82, Emerson Middle School ’84, and Pomona High School ‘88
  • Pomona Little and Senior League Baseball, Pomona Progress Bulletin Paper Boy, Cub Scout and Boy Scout
  • Pomona High School Senior Class Speaker
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Chaffey Community College
  • UC Riverside
  • Bright Prospect Program Director, 2002-Present
  • Charter Oak High School, Teacher, English, International Baccalaureate Program, 1999-2002
  • Pomona Valley Center for Community Development, Youth and Community Development Project Manager, 1997-1999
  • Married to Criselda Haro Sandoval, Ganesha H.S., Swarthmore College and UC Berkeley Law School.  Attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Los Angeles

Leadership and Community Service

  • Lead Developer of Nationally Recognized Bright Prospect Crews Program, 2005-Present
  • Led Effort to Expand Bright Prospect from 12 students in 2003 to over 2,000 students in 2016
  • Initiated Partnership with Pomona Unified School District Superintendent and School Board to expand Bright Prospect to Diamond Ranch High School and Village Academy
  • Chairperson, Southern California College Access Network, 2009-2014
  • Southern California College Access Network Steering Committee Member, 2004-Present
  • Lead Organizer, Community Cultural Events in downtown Pomona that included presentations by writer Luis Rodriguez and MIT Professor Jonathan King, 1995-1999
  • Committee Member to Bring Los Angeles Philharmonic to Pomona, 1999-2000
  • City of Pomona Solid Waste Ad Hoc Committee Appointee, 1999
  • Chairperson, City of Pomona Waste & Recycling Task Force, 2014-Present
  • Public Library Board Member.  Co-Developer of City of Pomona Public Library Homework Club
  • Pomona dA Center for the Arts Board Member.  Focused on Marketing Events and Programming to Youth to Increase their participation with the dA
  • Clean & Green Pomona Board Member
  • Co-Lead Effort to Establish Moratorium on New Waste & Recycling Businesses
  • Diane Middleton Foundation Board Member
  • Lead Organizer of Showing of Documentary Made in LA
  • Pomona Community Day at LA County Fair
  • Pomona Heritage Member
  • College Counselor Volunteer for Non-Bright Prospect High Schools
  • Global Leadership Institute Founding Member, 1995-2012
  • Pomona Beautification Volunteer
  • Pomona Just Us 4 Youth Volunteer
  • Los Angeles County Homeless Count Volunteer


  • Pomona High School Hall of Fame Inductee, Community Service, 2013
  • Ganesha High School Homecoming Grand Marshall, 2010
  • Pomona Unified School District Community Service Award, 2012
  • Bright Prospect Care and Commitment Award, 2007
  • College Board Innovation Award, Lead Architect of Bright Prospect Crews Program, 2013

Videos, Presentations, Magazine and Newspaper Quotes

  • TEDx Claremont Colleges, 2014, “Somebody Believed In Us”
  • NBC News Online, 4/13/15, “How More Latino Students Can Chart a Path to the Ivy League”
  • Newsweek Magazine, 8/11/09, “Will the SAT ‘Score Choice’ Option Reduce Stress?”
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 11/1/15, “Tutoring Services Return to Pomona Public Library”
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 6/7/15, “Pomona Extends Moratorium on Recycling Startups”
  • Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 10/29/15, “Group Developing Proposed Rules for Pomona-Based Waste, Recycling Businesses Shares Key Points with Residents”
  • Education Writers of America, Stanford University, 2013, Presenter, “Success in College: Models That Improve the Odds”
  • College Board, Las Vegas, 2014, Empowering Low-Income Youth to Graduate from College: The Crews Model
  • National College Access Network, Orlando, Presenter, “How Culture is Essential to Building Psycho-Social Skills That Achieve College Success”
  • National Scholarship Providers Association, Austin, 2012, “Crews Model: Peer to Peer Support System”
  • United Friends of the Children, Los Angeles, 2008, “College Within Reach for Foster Care Youth”
  • 1st Annual Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention Conference, 2012, Presenter
  • Cal Poly Pomona Cesar Chavez Center for Higher Education Conference, 2015, Keynote Speaker
  • Idea Institute, Loyola Marymount University, 2011 “Building Collaborative Relationships Among Community Based Organizations and Colleges/Universities”
  • KVCR Channel 24, Inland Unplugged, San Bernardino, 2012
  • Chaffey College Male Success Panel, Rancho Cucamonga, 2015
  • Ganesha High School, National Honor Society Keynote Speaker, 2015

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