Steve Ponto was elected Mayor of Brookfield on April 6, 2010. He was re-elected on April 1, 2014 and again on April 3, 2018. Prior to serving as Mayor, he served as a City of Brookfield Alderman from 1998 to 2010, including ten years as a committee chairman and two terms as Council President. He also practiced corporate law for 31 years, including more than 10 years with Foley & Lardner, the largest law firm in Wisconsin. Other past positions include being the first Corporate Counsel of Quad/Graphics, Inc., an Associate General Counsel with Prudential Insurance Company of America (mortgage banking operations), and a Senior Counsel with Metavante Corporation.
After receiving a B.A. degree in Economics from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin in 1969, Mayor Ponto continued his education with a Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey in 1971, and finally a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin in 1978.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Steve has lived in Brookfield since June of 1990 with his wife, Mary, also a lifelong Wisconsin resident. Steve and Mary have two daughters, Stephanie and Elizabeth, who live in the area. Elizabeth is married, and she and her husband, Tony, have three daughters, Hazel, Olive and Ivy.
Private Sector Experience:
Thirty-one years of private sector experience as a Corporate Attorney working for corporations and law firms (including Quad/Graphics, Prudential, Metavante and Foley & Lardner).
Bachelor of Arts (Economics)
Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Master in Public Affairs
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Cum laude, Order of the Coif
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI