Councilmember Grace Elena Garner is a second-generation Palm Springs resident who was elected to serve a three-year term representing District 1 in November 2019.
A former member of the Palm Springs Planning Commission and the City Council appointed California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) Working Group, Grace is also the first Latina woman elected to serve on the City Council and is passionate about promoting more inclusion and diversity in the City of Palm Springs. Grace serves on the boards of Desert Regional Medical Center and the California State University of California San Bernardino Philanthropy Board.
During her tenure on the City Council Grace has championed increasing affordable housing; improving community facilities; creating more youth-focused programming; and addressing neighborhood needs. Grace manages a paid internship program to provide local college-aged youth an opportunity to work in city government.