RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of National CORE, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing, company CEO Steve PonTell announced today.
Pinedo, most recently associate superintendent of business services and economic development for the Chaffey Community College District, brings more than 20 years of experience working with educational, nonprofit, church, government and business organizations.
At National CORE, he will have responsibilities for operations at National CORE and its Hope through Housing subsidiary. He will also be involved in redefining housing affordability on the national level and integrating upward mobility into CORE’s overall program.
Rancho Cucamonga-based CORE manages nearly 9,000 housing units across four states. During the past 20 years, Hope through Housing has provided more than 2 million hours of aligned social services for CORE residents and surrounding neighborhoods.
“Cid Pinedo brings superb leadership, strategic thinking and organizational skills to our growing company, and we’re thrilled to have him fill this critical role,” PonTell said. “Cid has a strong reputation and a keen understanding of the business side of nonprofit enterprises such as ours. His experience and insight will be invaluable.”
Pinedo is well known throughout the Inland Empire and community college system for his innovation and community focus. As associate superintendent at Chaffey, he has been responsible for the leadership and direction of the college district’s economic and workforce development programs as well as business services. He manages the district’s $230 million bond program, and leads the external relations functions for legislative, governmental, foundation and alumni programs.
Pinedo received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at St. John’s Seminary, and completed his doctoral studies in organizational leadership at the University of La Verne.
“National CORE’s mission of transforming lives and communities can be seen in the work they’ve done across the country, and I can’t wait to join this incredible team of professionals,” Pinedo said. “CORE has helped put affordable housing on the national agenda, through its work with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and others. It’s an essential element to bridging the poverty gap, and I look forward to helping advance the issue, raise awareness and coming up with workable solutions.”
In addition to his work at Chaffey, Pinedo serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and the El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals. He also is former chairman of the city of La Verne Planning Commission.
Over its 22-year history, CORE has received national recognition for its innovation and meshing of quality, affordable housing with transformational social services. In 2013, its Alta Vista development in East Los Angeles was voted the top workforce housing development in the country by the National Association of Home Builders. Its proposed redevelopment of Waterman Gardens in San Bernardino is being hailed as an economic catalyst for the city.
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