“My career and many years in public service has prepared me for where I am headed today. I feel confident that I can be a strong leader and I am prepared for the commitment.” – JR Robert

I was born in Connecticut and moved to Southern California while still an infant. After spending most of my childhood in California, I graduated from Fairfax High School, and attended UCLA.

I purchased my first home in Palm Springs in 1990 and immediately fell in love with the beauty and lifestyle of the desert. I transitioned to living here fulltime in 2001.

I was the lead fundraiser and the founding Managing Director of the new Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion which opened in November 2014. In this role, I helped raise more than $4.5 million dollars to purchase and renovate the historic building and transform it into a world-renown museum.

Since then, I have served as vice president of PSModCom, an organization dedicated to the preservation of historic architecture. I was the former chairman of the museum’s Architecture and Design Council.

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My history of public service include

The City of Sausalito, Mayor and City Council Member;
Palm Springs Architecture and Design Council, President;
Palm Springs Modernism Committee, Vice Chair;
Palm Springs Animal Shelter and Desert Aids Project, Fundraiser.

I am currently in my second term serving the City of Palm Springs as planning commissioner. This is an appointed position, and I have served in this capacity from 2011 to the present. I am a full-time resident of the city and I’m lucky enough to live in one of our many treasured iconic homes – the E. Stewart Williams-designed Edris House – with my mischeiveous French bulldog Moose.