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

Savana Saubel, Secretary-Treasurer
Margaret Park, Director of Planning and Natural Resources (Alternate)

CA State Assembly Appointee

Beatriz Gonzalez, Private Citizen

CA Governor’s Appointee

Joan Taylor, Private Citizen

CA Senate Appointee

Ellen Lloyd Trover, Private Citizen

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Richard Kim, Environmental Scientist

CA State Parks

Enrique Arroyo, District Superintendent, Ocotillo Wells District

CA Department of Finance

Michael Cohen, Director

CA Natural Resources Agency

Madeline Drake, Assistant Secretary for Biodiversity
Andrea Scharffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, (Alternate)

City of Cathedral City

Rita Lamb, Council Member (Chair)
Nancy Ross, Council Member (Alternate)

City of Coachella

Denise Delgado, Council Member
Frank Figueroa, Council Member (Alternate)

City of Desert Hot Springs

Gary Gardner, Council Member

City of Indian Wells

Bruce Whitman, Council Member

City of Indio

Elaine Holmes, Council Member
Lupe Ramos Amith, Mayor (Alternate)

City of La Quinta

Deborah McGarrey, Council Member
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Council Member (Alternate)

City of Palm Desert

Evan Trubee, Council Member
Kathleen Kelly, Council Member (Alternate)

City of Palm Springs

Grace Garner, Council Member
Ron deHarte, Council Member (Alternate)

City of Rancho Mirage

Steve Downs, Mayor Pro Tem (Vice Chair)
Lynn Mallotto, Council Member (Alternate)

County of Riverside, District 4

V. Manuel Perez, Riverside County Supervisor
Patricia Cooper, Riverside County Deputy Chief of Staff (Alternate)

University of California

Christopher Tracy, Director, Deep Canyon Desert Research Center

Wildlife Conservation Board

Jennifer Norris, Executive Director