Question #1: Please summarize your education and work history, including certifications, professional designations and licenses.
Theresa Carli Pontieri:
I have been an attorney for nearly 7 years and currently practice in the area of business litigation law. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a minor in sports law. I acquired my Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law, where I subsequently coached the Mock Trial Team and taught as an adjunct professor in the area of motion practice and litigation.
I owned my own law firm here in Palm Coast prior to joining the firm of Jimerson Birr, where I am now a Senior Associate. I am licensed in the Middle District of Florida to practice in Federal Court and litigate on a weekly basis in several counties in Northeast and Central Florida.
I also own a separate tourism business with my husband, which we opened in February of 2020, and keeping it afloat through COVID was one of the toughest challenges either of us has faced. We managed to stay in business and are now watching it start to take off. Delayed gratification is something neither of us is afraid of, and we’re finally feeling that with this company.
I study at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and majored in Electrical Engineering and minored
In Mechanical Engineering. Life circumstances did not let me finish. I have had a pool contractors license and am a Scuba Instructor. I am a 39 years resident of Palm Coast with 35 of those years as a local small business owner and 33 years living in district 2 that I will to represent. I have two US Patents in my name, one in marine biology and one in mechanics.
Question #2: What experience do you believe uniquely qualifies you to be a Palm Coast City Council member?
Theresa Carli Pontieri:
My skill set as an attorney—specializing in the area of business law—requires me to write and interpret contracts, understand and litigate under Florida Statutes and municipal code, and represent the legal needs and rights of others. I am required to be strong and steadfast in my positions, while at the same time engaging in compromise when necessary and/or when it’s in the best interest of my client. All day, everyday, it’s necessary that I have the foresight to anticipate the future needs of clients while attempting to solve their current issues.
I also compare operating the City to operating a business. It requires the ability to properly manage finances, people, and diverse needs and interests, while at the same time ensuring the business itself thrives, grows, and generates benefits to its owners, employees, and customers/clients. Operating a city is markedly similar: we must be fiscally responsible, manage staff and one another appropriately, consider the diverse interests and needs of our citizens, and ensure that every decision we make is in an effort to generate a net benefit to our community.
As a 39 year resident and 35 year Local business owner, I have an understanding of our city’s past and present as such I know what has and hasn’t worked and that gives me a unique ability to make positive decisions as we grow as a community. Over the past few years, I have personally attended the majority of city council meetings not just as a candidate but as a concerned citizen and that gives me an understanding of how council, city manager and staff work and interact. I have spoken with thousands of residents and on numerous occasions have brought their voice to the podium in city hall. As such, I am the only candidate that has continuously participated. This combination of local involvement has prepared me with an understanding of resident needs and the workings of council so that I am the best qualified to make an easy transition.
Question #3: Please list any charity work, board experience and other community engagement you believe is important for voters to know about.
Theresa Carli Pontieri:
Through our company, my husband and I give back to at least one charity each month, and we are currently “donated out” through September of this year. Even through COVID, we continued this dedication to donate. Additionally, I commit to doing pro bono legal work every year.
During the time of of hurricane Maria, I organized a group of residents, started some fund raising and put together 115,000 meals, personal items and medical supplies then shipped them to the Commonwealth of Dominica. Locally, for the past couple years I have hosted a Christmas market and tree lighting event donating all toys and proceeds to local charities. I am on the board of directors for the Flagler Open Arms Recovery Services, a supporting member of the Flagler Drug Court, and an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police,