Christy Gilbert Holstege
Christy Gilbert Holstege was elected at large to the Palm Springs City Council in November 2017, the first time she ran for elected office, and she is currently running for re-election to Palm Springs City Council in District 4. Christy was the first millennial and the first openly bisexual person to run for and be elected to the Palm Springs City Council. She proudly joined the very first all-LGBTQ city council in the country. She serves on regional and statewide boards and subcommittees focusing on reproductive and gender justice, economic development, homelessness and affordable housing. Christy successfully worked to secure $10M for homelessness for the City of Palm Springs, the only direct allocation to a smaller city in the state of California. Prior to being elected and while serving on council, Christy worked full time as a social justice and civil rights attorney, serving low-income and underserved communities, including people with disabilities, LGBTQ clients, homeless clients, injured workers, and victims of discrimination and violence. Christy earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara. She lives in Palm Springs with her husband and two dogs, and they are expecting their first baby in October 2020.