Following an illustrious career of public service and leadership, Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer Ginger Ontiveros announced her retirement from the San Bernardino City Unified School District effective March 31.
Ontiveros, who started with SBCUSD more than six years ago, has served on the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet since she was hired. During her career as Executive Director of the Making Hope Happen Foundation, Ginger was instrumental in advancing the work of the thriving non-profit organization dedicated to sharing opportunities, resources, and hope with the students of San Bernardino City Unified. To date, Ginger is credited with aggressively pursuing a variety of financial resources, bringing millions of dollars in public and private grant funding to SBCUSD. More recently, Ginger supervised the daily operations of the District’s Communications and Community Engagement Departments, leading her team to earn statewide recognition earlier this month by bringing home a prestigious Excellence in Communications Award from CalSPRA for the District’s Welcome to My Kindergarten Family marketing campaign. The award recognizes superior achievement in meeting strategic goals through high-quality communications and public relations initiatives. “Ginger not only has years of outstanding service to the San Bernardino and Highland community, but she has also provided strategic leadership through the early days of our Making Hope Happen Foundation and she has a proven track record of providing valuable counsel to the Board of Education and Cabinet,” said Board of Education President Dr. Scott Wyatt. “I want to publicly thank Ginger for her service and dedication to serving our students and helping grow our Making Hope Happen Foundation.”
A resident of the High Desert, Ginger is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Public Relations and earned her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. A product of the Community College system, Ginger was previously inducted into the Victor Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame to honor her legacy of leadership for the High Desert region.
“Those of us who know Ginger personally admire her not only for her fundraising efforts, but also for the amazing person that she is,” Wyatt said. “We wish her well and we’re confident the community will continue to benefit from her valued leadership.”