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Meet Anyse

Anyse Smith, a longtime Palm Desert resident, is an educator, public interest attorney and community advocate with a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Master's in International Law from the Paris Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

Anyse is an active part of the recovery community in the desert and enjoys mentoring adults who are unhoused and justice-involved, as she once was. This includes her time as the Housing Program Manager at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and as the Regional Homelessness Provider at CVAG where she managed a program that provided services such as outreach, temporary shelter, and housing throughout the Coachella Valley.

Beyond her professional and community commitments, Anyse is an active member of her church where she sings in the choir and cherishes her role as a pet parent to a rescue cat named Monroe. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and indulges her love of tennis at Civic Center Park.

Anyse's multifaceted background, community leadership, and commitment to positive change make her a driving force for Palm Desert's promising future.

North Palm Desert

Palm Desert offers an outstanding quality of life. It's a big city with a small-town feel and the people who live here like it that way. We can attend a concert, go to a restaurant or watch the kids play softball without any of the inconvenience faced by those who live in larger, more congested cities.

But Palm Desert is growing, and nowhere is that more obvious than in North Palm Desert's District 3. Right now there are more than twenty construction projects in development. That's why it's so important that we come together as a community to protect our way of life and ensure that generations to come can thrive in North Palm Desert and take pride in calling it home.

Community Involvement

Anyse Smith has been giving back to our community for over a decade.

  • C5 Youth Association

    Category 5 Training Facility

    Board Member

    The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation is to change the odds for high-potential teens from under-resourced communities by inspiring them to pursue personal success while preparing them for leadership roles in school, college, work and their communities.

  • CHOC

    CHOC (Community Housing Opportunities)

    Board Member

    Since 1984, CHOC has housed thousands of families across Northern California - from Davis to Sacramento to Woodland. CHOC’s holistic approach to affordable housing has earned it an award-winning reputation for excellence in both the design of our buildings and the sustainable lifestyle we bring to communities.

  • Democratic Women of the Desert

    Democratic Women of the Desert

    Vice President

    The Democratic Women of the Desert is a political club dedicated to promoting social, economic and political policies that reflect the priorities of women.

  • Girlfriend Factor

    Girlfriend Factor

    Scholarship Recipient

    Girlfriend Factor has assisted over 180 local women with more than $700,000 in educational grants combined with lots of emotional support. They are currently supporting 30 adult women as they pursue higher education at our impressive educational institutions in the Coachella Valley.

  • Jewish Family Services of San Diego

    Jewish Family Services of San Diego

    Advisory Council

    Jewish Family Services is a people-centered, impact-driven organization working to create a stronger, healthier community where everyone can thrive. Founded in 1918, today JFS is considered one of San Diego’s most impactful nonprofit human services agencies providing compassionate care and supportive services to more than 70,000 people every year. Our diverse network of staff, volunteers, supporters, and community partners are committed to the pursuit of one shared goal: helping individuals and families in our community move forward.

  • New Life Program (CVRM)

    New Life Program (CVRM)


    Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM)'s New Life Program is designed to restore people to their families and the community through faith-based residential services and ongoing support. Program participants are provided with food, shelter and case management support while receiving support as they break the cycle of homelessness, joblessness, poverty or addiction in their lives.

  • Riverside County Continuum of Care

    Riverside County Continuum of Care

    Board of Governance

    Continuum of Care is the planning body that coordinates the community's policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness.

  • The Other Bar

    The Other Bar, Inc.

    Executive Board

    The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers and judges throughout the state who are dedicated to assisting others within the profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. We are a private, non-profit corporation funded by members contributions and private donations.

Redistricting & Map 109

The City of Palm Desert has adopted a map (Map 109) that will split the city into five districts. This means that this November 5th, residents in Districts 1, 2 and 3 will have the historic opportunity to elect someone to the City Council from their own neighborhood.

Find My District
Map 109