Evan and his wife, Kristen, fell in love with Palm Desert and all of the amenities the city has to offer. They recognized that the quality of life and the safety of the area would be ideal for raising their family. They moved here 29 years ago from New Jersey and their passion for Palm Desert has not waned. They emphatically embrace the area – the beauty and climate of the Coachella Valley along with the incredible mountain views.
Evan and Kristen have three children – two are current students in Palm Desert and the third graduated from Xavier College Prep and is attending college. Evan is the owner of Big Wheel Tours in Palm Desert and Kristen is an elementary school teacher for DSUSD.
Evan’s been cycling ever since receiving his first tricycle, and often combines cycling with travel through the Mountain West, Alaska, and beyond. His passion fueled a business that links his love for biking, hiking, and travel with Palm Desert’s climate, environment, and tourism. Big Wheel Tours also brings Evan in frequent contact with visitors from around the world, which, for him, adds an extra dimension to Palm Desert’s special quality of life. Today, Big Wheel Tours employs 12 people and showcases our beautiful desert to more than 10,000 people per year.
As a small business owner, Evan is active in the Palm Desert and Coachella Valley business communities. He serves on the board of the Palm Springs Hospitality Association and belongs to the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce.
Evan is active in the Palm Desert community. Besides serving as a youth sports coach for the past 14 years, he is President of his Palmira Palm Desert homeowner’s association. Evan is also a Member of the Palm Desert Resource Preservation and Enhancement Committee and the Public Safety Commission.
Evan believes quality of life is the key to Palm Desert’s appeal as a place to live and work. As the city navigates changes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential recession, Evan will bring that focus to City Council deliberations. As a former short term rental owner he knows first hand the perils of allowing STR's into our neighborhoods. He believes an emphasis on maintaining quality of life will be essential to decisions addressing budget shortfalls. He will resist special interest group pressures that would sacrifice quality of life in Palm Desert for short-term financial benefit. Instead Evan aims to seek approaches that enhance the economic resilience of Palm Desert. It’s his home.