In 1986, Mayor Jones graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove. He continued his studies abroad by attending Kings College, Cambridge University, England in 1988. Returning to the states, he received both his Bachelor and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California, with a dual emphasis in Finance and Real Estate, graduating with honors for high scholastic achievement by having an overall 3.9 Grade Point Average.
Mayor Jones is the past president and a current board member of the Garden Grove Community Foundation since 2007. He also serves as a board member for the Orange County Transportation Authority and the Orange County Sanitation District. Mayor Jones served for eight years on the Garden Grove Planning Commission, with several terms as chair, and ten years on the City Council prior to becoming Mayor in 2016. Since 1999, he has been an active member of the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce.
In his professional life, Steve Jones is the founder and president of a privately held asset management company, Olympia Capital Corporation, formed in 2001.
Mayor Jones’ community goal is to remain open and accessible to the public and play a unifying role amongst fellow councilmembers and other community leaders in order to facilitate consensus on what actions should be implemented to keep Garden Grove a great place to live, work, and play. He championed the “Re:Imagine Garden Grove” rebranding campaign, which in recent years has yielded several hugely successful Open Streets events, public art installations, a major music festival, the arrival of SteelCraft Garden Grove, and the Medal of Honor Bike and Pedestrian Trail, as well as upcoming projects such as Cottage Industries. Mayor Jones sees Garden Grove as a microcosm of the global economy magnified into one city and he envisions becoming the poster child for how public agencies ought to celebrate cultural diversity and learn to live together with one another harmoniously.
Born and raised in Garden Grove, he and his wife, Mani, are proudly raising their two sons right here in the same community where he has lived since birth.
To remain open and accessible to the public and play a unifying role among fellow council members and other community leaders in order to facilitate consensus on what actions should be implemented to keep Garden Grove a great place to live and work.
- MBA – University of Southern California
- B.S. - University of Southern California
Regional Government/Committee Involvement
- Acacia Adult Day Services, Board Member
- Garden Grove Community Foundation, Board Member
- Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
- Planning Commissioner, 1999-2007
- Orange County Sanitation District, Representative
- Orange County Transportation Authority Board, Representative
- Orange Countywide Oversight Board, Vice Chairman
Garden Grove, CA
Garden Grove Resident