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Linda Evans is a California native and has worked in the healthcare industry for thirty-four years, spending the last twenty seven years in hospital administration. She is the Chief Strategy Officer of Community Advocacy for the Desert Care Network, which comprises Desert Regional Medical Center (Palm Springs), JFK Memorial Hospital (Indio), and Hi-Desert Medical Center (Joshua Tree).  She has worked for the hospitals’ parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, at four other hospitals in Southern California since1995.

Linda has also been the Mayor for the City of La Quinta since 2014. Prior to that, she served on La Quinta’s City Council beginning in 2009.  Linda received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.  She holds two Master's Degrees: one in Health Administration and the other in Gerontology, both obtained from the University of La Verne, California.

Linda serves on the Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors for Visit Greater Palm Springs and was Chair from 2015 to 2020. She is Chair of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Energy and Environmental Committee and Chair for CVAG’s  Conservation Commission.  She also serves on the CVAG Executive Committee. She is a Board Member for Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, the only free medical clinic in the valley.  She is also a member of the La Quinta Rotary Club and was appointed to the Board of the Phil Mickelson Foundation, the charity organization for The American Express PGA Golf Tournament in La Quinta. She received the Vision Award from Women Leaders Forum in January 2020.  She served on the Board of Food in Need of Distribution (F.I.N.D.) Food Bank for six years, and recognizes the importance of good nutrition, being healthy, and the impact on a prosperous community. She continues to volunteer and support FIND Food Bank.

Linda is health focused and community driven.  She has ignited the engagement of La Quinta residents in her Mayoral position. She and Council are leaders in redefining the structure and service delivery of local government through reorganization and technological advances. She connects public safety and economic development with health and wellness, and promotes empowerment into her values and decision-making.
Her role with the Desert Care Network and Mayor provides for extensive networking across a large spectrum of agencies, organizations and community groups – all of which have a common goal of ensuring access to care, healthy eating, and active living.

Quality of life is a key driver in how Linda measures success in her hospital outreach and her civic duty.

Linda and her husband, Tim, will celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary in October.  They enjoy hiking, camping, and off-roading with their dog, Rufus.




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