Ron will be an important voice for the LGBTQ Community on the Palm Springs City Council!
Ron deHarte is a community organizer, longtime public servant, and recognized human rights champion who currently serves as Chairman of the City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission. Ron is also a small business owner. He is not a special interest politician. He’s a local resident who cares about Palm Springs and believes we can have safe streets, sound economic development, a robust tourism economy, and accessible housing while being a leader in sustainability. He is dedicated to ensuring vibrant and walkable neighborhoods, and open spaces accessible to all regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, native language, culture, abilities, and disabilities.
Extensive local leadership experience
Active in the Palm Springs community for over a decade, Ron’s service and civic engagement have led him to his commitment to run for Palm Springs City Council. His work to support this city includes being an active member of the City of Palm Springs Police Chief’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee and the City of Palm Springs Business Transition & Re-entry Task Force. He has also served as a member of Main Street Palm Springs, the local downtown, and the Uptown Palm Springs Business Association. This gives him a comprehensive understanding of the interests and contributions of the downtown and uptown business community. In addition, Ron has served on civic committees including the City of Palm Springs 2020 Census Outreach Committee and the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee.
Qualified to serve and take on today’s challenges
Through the years, Ron has supported and/or produced some of the City’s biggest events attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and generating millions of dollars in revenue. This includes the Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival, the City of Palm Springs Cesar Chavez Day, the Veterans Day Parade, the Festival of Lights, Cathedral City LGBT Days, and the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. His ability to organize, direct, and manage these events in a safe and caring environment makes him uniquely qualified to take on the important civic duty as Councilmember of District 3. Ron has been preparing for the position of Councilmember for over a decade by attending countless city council meetings in person to learn about the issues facing the city and observe the process of local governance. Prior to and through the COVID-19 outbreak, Ron has continued to observe city council actions via the city’s live council meeting broadcast on Youtube. Not one to sit idle, Ron is co-chair of the Community Leadership Council and serves as a director on several community-based initiatives including Safe Schools Desert Cities, Greater Palm Springs Pride, and the United States Association of Prides.
Local, national, and international recognition and honors
Ron’s service and commitment to the Palm Springs community have been recognized by many organizations including the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau which presented him with the 2018 Santa Rosa Award in recognition of destination excellence. Other awards received by Ron include the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award, Safe Schools Desert Cities Champion of Youth Award, the AIDS Assistance Program Herb Lazen by Community Service Award, the Human Rights Campaign’s Advocate for Equality Award, the Desert Business Association’s Outstanding Community Service Leader Award, and the LA Blade’s Desert Visibility Award. In addition, Ron has been named to the Desert Charities News Men in Philanthropy, recognized as Person of the Year by the Consolidated Association of Pride, and honored by the Comunidad Orgullo GLBT Tijuanaas International Friend of the Year. These awards and honors represent Ron’s lifelong commitment and passion for the many causes he supports and his history of civic engagement culminating in his run for Palm Springs City Council in 2022.
A proud Latino from a working-class family with a family of his own
Regarding his personal background, Ron is the youngest in a family of seven and is a first-generation college student who grew up in a modest community in Glendale, AZ. He is a proud graphic design trade school and community college graduate who continued his formal education in Los Angeles while developing industry-recognized public relations events and marketing programs. He is a graduate of California State University Northridge. Ron’s family history is documented in the Arizona Chicano/a Research Collection at the Arizona State University, Archives & Special Collections. Dating back to 1863, the family history in document and photographic form helps document the presence of Hispanic people in Arizona and is a permanent part of the Arizona State University collection titled the Teodoro and Mariana Rodriguez Ocampo Collection. Ron and his husband of twenty-three years, Keith Gran, have two sons and are uncles to Seamus, a six-year-old lab,and a kitten named Clyde.They live in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs.