Coachella Valley Women Who Lead

Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board Director Leticia De Lara is one of three Coachella Valley residents who will be recognized May 25, 2022, at the Women Who Lead Luncheon presented by Palm Springs Life magazine. She will be honored as this year’s community/nonprofit leader.

According to the magazine’s website, the honors celebrate remarkable women as leaders and role models who “are bettering our community through their extraordinary accomplishments and dedication.” In addition to Director De Lara, the honorees are F10 Creative founder Tara Lazar (business leader) and Martha Garcia, College of the Desert superintendent/president (rising star). The luncheon’s keynote speech will be delivered by actress, author and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers.

First appointed to the Healthcare District and Foundation Board in January 2019, following the District’s boundary expansion into eastern Coachella Valley, De Lara was elected to serve a four-year term in November 2020. A former Board chairperson, she currently serves as the Board’s representative from Zone 7, which covers a large portion of eastern Coachella Valley.

De Lara, who earned a Master of Public Administration degree, leads the Regional Access Project Foundation (RAP) as CEO and serves as a board member with Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo.

De Lara is a lifelong Coachella Valley resident. Prior to joining RAP in 2014, she worked for five years as the district director for Fourth District Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit. She then spent almost 11 years as the chief of staff for Benoit’s predecessor, Supervisor Roy Wilson. On March 29, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez presented De Lara with a proclamation as the Fourth District’s Woman of the Year.

About the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation

The Desert Healthcare District is a local government agency formed in 1948. Its mission is to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents. The District includes more than 400,000 residents and encompasses the entire Coachella Valley. The District and Desert Healthcare Foundation, together, are one of the largest funders in the valley. These funds are used to assist residents — especially the underserved — in accessing vitally needed resources. Learn more at

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