Palm Desert Councilmember on Policy After COVID-19

By Maddie Bunting |

On Thursday, October 22nd, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar by Councilmember Jan Harnik on policy innovation following disasters. The discussion will center around an article from The Atlantic

Elected to the Palm Desert City Council in 2010, Harnik has served twice as Mayor. She serves on the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Transportation Committee and on the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission and is Second Vice President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Harnik also serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) as First Vice-Chair and on the Commission’s Executive Committee.

“To develop the best results for today and the future, we must view public policy through a broader, more inclusive lens that includes all generations and every facet of our society,” said Harnik.

Councilmember Harnik is an inspiration to me because she is passionate about public service and has held multiple leadership positions within her community,” said Jenny Chen, second-year Master of Public Policy student.

This event is open to the general public. Attendees must register to attend. Registrants will receive an email in advance of the event with a link to join. 

Since 2014, the UCR School of Public Policy Seminar Series has been bringing policy makers, practitioners, and researchers to campus to talk about various policy issues facing the region and beyond. During the shelter-in-place order for California, all events are being held online. For more information about the series, visit