About Jess

Jessica Gilbert, candidate for Desert Hot Springs City Council

My husband, children and I moved to Desert Hot Springs December 3, 1993. Our children were young and we were mostly involved in AYSO and Little League.

In 1997 I realized my life long dream of becoming a Realtor. I started my career right here in Desert Hot Springs at Vista Realty and never looked back. I have sold hundreds of homes and loved introducing so many wonderful people to our city.

I started calling Bingo on Friday nights at the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center, that was my first volunteer job and it was a family affair. Our children assisted in handing out cards and my husband flipped burgers. I joined the Desert Hot Spring Chamber of Commerce next and was voted onto the board as 2nd Vice President. I held that position for 2 years.

During that time, I was also asked to be on the board for The Palm Springs Board of Realtors. I served in that position for 2 years and worked mostly to improve the image of DHS in the Palm Springs real estate community.

My next endeavor was our Desert Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club. It was a natural fit, our children were members and I became a board member and sat on that board for several years along with such great people as Jack Webb and John Furbee. I miss those gentlemen, they were natural leaders in our community and cared deeply about our youth. I then went on to be on the board of the Coachella Valley Boys and Girls club and assisted in raising funds for the new club next to Furbee Aquatic Center.

I took a break between 2015-2016 when my husband needed a stem cell transplant for his Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Chad passed away June 26, 2016. At that point I isolated and had a bit of a hard time, we had been married 37 years. It took me approximately a year before I really stepped out and realized I needed to get involved again and do what I was meant to do, serve my community.

At that time I met Ed Molloy, and he invited me to Rotary. It changed my life. Ed helped me find my smile again and Rotary gave me so many opportunities to assist our city. I’ve been a member for 3 years and I’ve been on the board for as long as Membership chair and We Care. Ed and I have introduced EarlyAct to the elementary schools and now we have it in 4 of our 5 schools with Rotarians in each school. We also introduced Emergency Kits to all 5 schools where Rotary raises funds to supply needed items for very young children that may have accidents at school and at times parents can’t get to the school in a timely manner to bring them a change of clothes. It’s important to keep our youth in class not in the office. We purchase underwear, socks, tops and shorts in various sizes.

Rotary has opened my eyes to so much need in Desert Hot Springs. Our youth and our seniors hold a special place in my heart.

I’m also on the Board of Directors for Advancing Desert Hot Springs and Desert Hot Springs branch of The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.

During these trying times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am working with Food Now, Desert Hot Springs Senior Center and Word of Life Ministries to deliver food to those who are unable to get out of their homes to pick up food. We have six volunteers that assist us and it’s become another need that I had no idea was needed.

I’ve decided to run now for council to continue to make a difference in our city. My goal is to bridge our youth and seniors for a better Desert Hot Springs. We need more services for both. Our seniors have history and experience and our youth is our future, what two better groups to put together.

I thank you in advance for your vote and I’m looking forward to serving all people in our community.