The City is pleased to introduce Lauri Aylaian as Palm Desert’s city manager. Aylaian started on the job in October 2016, following a rigorous process that included an extensive recruitment that generated 50 applications from across the nation. The Palm Desert City Council unanimously chose Aylaian as the top candidate from among eight semi-finalists and three finalists who were interviewed for the position.

Aylaian comes to Palm Desert from Palm Springs where she served as that city’s Director of Community and Economic Development from November 2015 through September of 2016.

Prior to that, Aylaian served the city of Palm Desert for 16 years, starting out as a project administrator in 1999, and then serving as redevelopment manager from 2002 to 2007, where she managed numerous infrastructure projects, major land acquisitions, hotel attraction efforts, and the development of Entrada del Paseo. In 2007, she was promoted to lead the Community Development Department comprised of Planning, Sustainability, Code Compliance, and Public Art. As director of community development, she played key roles in helping to develop the City’s general plan and the Envision Palm Desert strategic plan.

Before coming to Palm Desert, Aylaian worked for Atlanta-based Heery International for 11 years as a project manager, managing the design and construction of retail, educational, and correctional projects valued at up to $60 million for both private and public sector clients.

Aylaian is married and has three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming, and cycling and volunteering at a local animal shelter.