Governing Board Members

Palm Canyon Photo by Pam Lennon

The Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy is currently governed by a board of twenty members. The board members represent local jurisdictions, the public at large, several state agencies, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The board meets on a bi-monthly basis at regularly scheduled public meetings.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Reid D. Milanovich, Vice-Chairman (Designee)
Margaret Park, Director of Planning and Natural Resources (Alternate Designee)

CA State Assembly Appointee
Beatriz Gonzalez, Private Citizen (Appointee)

CA Governor’s Appointee
Joan Taylor, Private Citizen (Appointee)

CA Senate Appointee
Ellen Lloyd Trover, Private Citizen (Appointee)

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife
Richard Kim, Environmental Scientist  (Designee)

CA State Parks
Steve Quartieri, District Superintendent, Salton Sea Sector (Designee)

CA Department of Finance
Michael Cohen, Director (Designee)

CA Natural Resources Agency
Andrea Scharffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bonds and Grants (Designee)

City of Cathedral City
Rita Lamb, Council Member (Designee)
Nancy Ross, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

City of Coachella
Megan Jacinto, Council Member (Designee)
Neftali Galarza, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

City of Desert Hot Springs
Gary Gardner, Council Member (Designee) (Vice Chair)
Robert Griffith, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

City of Indian Wells 
Greg Sanders, Council Member (Designee)
Alternate not assigned (Alternate Designee)

City of Indio
Elaine Holmes, Mayor (Designee)
Oscar Ortiz, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

City of La Quinta
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Council Member (Designee) (Chairwoman)
John Peña, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

City of Palm Desert
Kathleen Kelly, Mayor (Designee)
Sabby Jonathon, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

City of Palm Springs
Dennis Woods, Council Member (Designee)
Lisa Middleton, Mayor Pro Tem (Alternate Designee)

City of Rancho Mirage
Ted Weill, Council Member (Designee)
Iris Smotrich, Council Member (Alternate Designee)

County of Riverside, District 4
V. Manuel Perez, Riverside County Supervisor (Designee)

University of California
Christopher Tracy, Director, Deep Canyon Desert Research Center (Designee)

Wildlife Conservation Board
John Donnelly, Executive Director (Designee)