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Christy Holstege is a civil rights attorney, businesswoman, mom, local City Councilmember, and former Mayor.

She is also the founder of a legal aid clinic for domestic violence survivors and their children.


As the Mayor of Palm Springs, Christy led the city safely through the COVID-19 crisis, supported small businesses, invested in green energy, and expanded healthcare and social services. Christy has secured new funding for affordable housing, spearheaded programs to house hundreds of formerly homeless people, and significantly increased the number of mental health workers in the city.

Christy also works as a third-generation civil litigation attorney at a local law firm. During her tenure as an attorney, Christy has represented hundreds of AD 47 residents, often serving people facing the most serious issues of their lives. This includes tenants facing eviction, victims of discrimination losing their livelihoods, disabled clients thrust into poverty, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, low-income workers, and local nonprofits and businesses.

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Christy has a wealth of experience as a community organizer and community leader, including serving on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) for Change. She also served on the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission and the City of Palm Springs Homelessness Task Force.


Christy earned a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.


She is proud to live in Palm Springs with her husband, Adam Gilbert, their son, Aden, and their dogs, Ollie and Layla.

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