Lupe Ramos Watson, Mayor
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Lupe Ramos Watson was born and raised in Indio and has served on the city’s Council since 2004. She served the City as Mayor from 2007 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2011.
Mayor Ramos Watson has an extensive background as a businesswoman and community activist and volunteer. She chairs numerous committees and sits on multiple boards. She is no stranger to working with teams, elected officials, and appointed individuals to achieve goals for the common good.
In addition to her duties to the City of Indio, Mayor Ramos Watson also serves on the Indio Water Authority and the Indio Redevelopment Agency. She has also served on the Chamber of Commerce Image Task Force; the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Human and Community Resources Committee; the CVAG Homelessness Committee as Chair; Alternate for the CVAG Energy & Environmental Resources Committee, Alternate for the CVAG TUMF Nexus Advisory Committee, E.R.I.C.A. JPA Board of Directors (Alternate), the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority JPA Executive Board (Alternate); the Indio/Coachella Waste Transfer JPA Executive Board; the City of Indio Finance Committee; the Coachella Valley Water District Water Policy Advisory Committee; the Imperial Irrigation District’s (IID) Consumers Advisory Committee; the Riverside County Fair Advisory Board; the Riverside County Library Services Zone Advisory Board; the Riverside County First 5 Commission; the CV Regional Housing Trust Board of Directors; the Riverside County Complete Count Committee; and the SCAG Energy and Environment Committee and District 66 Regional Council.
As someone committed to serving her community, Lupe Ramos Watson is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Coachella Valley Chapter #360), the Indio Chamber of Commerce, and the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce.
Lupe Ramos Watson has deep roots in her community. Her parents were immigrants working in the agricultural community, and she attended Indio High School. She earned an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from the College of the Desert.
Mayor Ramos Watson also maintains memberships in several business organizations, including The Ninety Nines, Inc. of California; the Professional Education Institute Student Advisory Council; the Building Industry Association of Southern California and the California Homeowners Association.
Lupe Ramos Watson has put that experience to use in her City Council duties, where she is a consistent advocate for balanced budgets and responsible spending.