Anayeli Zavala

My name is Anayeli Zavala and I grew up in Desert Hot Springs. I graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. In many ways I owe my education to the Coachella Valley. I received multiple scholarships from local organizations like CVEP’s Pathways to Success scholarship program and the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club. For this reason, I felt a sense of responsibility to return to the Coachella Valley and serve my community.


Upon returning to the Valley, I worked for HealthCorps and managed health programing for a local high school.  During this time I also participated in CVEP’s Health Career Connection summer internship program. As a policy intern, I created a policy database for a national comprehensive healthy school policy project in Washington D.C. I was then accepted as a fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and addressed environmental issues throughout Riverside County. In finding my passion for policy, I ran for City Council in Desert Hot Springs. I was elected to a four-year term and look forward to providing a health and education lens to the City’s decision making process.


I have come full circle and it is with great pleasure that I am now the College and Career Project Coordinator at CVEP. In my spare time I serve as a board member for the Desert Hot Springs Microloan Bank, which provides residents with small business loans. I am also on the Scholarship Committee with the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club. Moreover, I have worked with Palm Springs Unified School District on a project to bring an Education Academy to Desert Hot Springs High School.

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