Mayor Pettis

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pettisGreg was born and raised in Duarte, California and has lived in Cathedral City since 1979. After nearly 15 years in the hospitality industry, Greg ran for and won a seat on the City Council in 1994.

Since he was sworn in, Greg has helped build an economically vibrant community with strong neighborhoods with a long list of legislative accomplishments including:

  • Creating a first-time homebuyer program
  • Instituting the Safe Routes to School program
  • Working with police and social service agencies to combat the methamphetamine epidemic
  • Completing Cathedral City's library
  • Bringing Big League Dreams to town
  • Revitalizing Cathedral City's downtown core
  • Founder of the Rotary Club’s Healing Field program
  • Founder of the community’s Sister Program with the Mexican city of Tequila, Jalisco

In addition to his duties as a Councilmember, Greg represents Cathedral City and the Coachella Valley on the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the Southern CA Associations of Governments and both the National and California League of Cities Board of Directors.

Professionally he is the Managing Director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability at California State University, San Bernardino and is a licensed Realtor©. Within the community he has served as the executive director of the Palm Springs Youth Center, President of Cathedral City’s Rotary Club and Desert Business Association and board member of United Cerebral Palsy of the Desert and the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy.

Greg received a BA from Azusa Pacific University, a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and also a Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He lives in the Cove neighborhood.

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