Anayeli Zavala


Anayeli Zavala grew up in Desert Hot Springs and graduated from the local high school. She went on to College of the Desert (COD) where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Upon completing her studies at COD, Anayeli transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In many ways, Anayeli feels she owes her education to the Coachella Valley. She received multiple scholarships from local organizations like the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) Workforce Excellence Pathways to Success Scholarship program and the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club. For this reason, she felt a sense of responsibility to return to the Coachella Valley and serve her community.

     Upon returning to the Valley, Anayeli worked for HealthCorps and managed health programming for a local high school. During this time, she also participated in CVEP’s Health Career Connection summer internship program. As a policy intern, she created a system database for a national comprehensive healthy school policy project in Washington D.C. She was then accepted as a Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute and addressed environmental issues throughout Riverside County. In finding her passion for policy, she ran for the Desert Hot Springs City Council. She was elected to a four-year term and is looking forward to providing a health and education lens to the City’s decision-making process. Additionally, Anayeli serves as a board member of the Desert Hot Springs Rotary and Desert Hot Springs Microloan Bank. She is also on the Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club Scholarship Committee.

    Anayeli has come full circle, and it is with great pleasure that she is now the College and Career Project Coordinator at CVEP Workforce Excellence. In her spare time, Anayeli loves cooking Pinterest recipes, dancing salsa and collecting workout DVDs.