Welcome to the Desert Communities Employer Advisory Council (DCEAC) web site! The DCEAC is comprised of private and public sector employers working in association with the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the local business community in the Coachella Valley, Palo Verde Valley and Morongo Basin. Our goal is to promote a better working relationship with EDD and the Workforce Development Center in our area, to network with one another, and to provide continuing educational information to our members and the community at large.

Please signup as a member on our website and RSVP for our monthly meetings there.

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8:30am, we have in person educational seminars at the EDD office in Indio. Join us to learn more about California and Federal laws and mandates from terrific speakers.

View our Calendar of Events to Register

We have a new Board (details below). Our Board meets monthly and we will hold solution centered business seminars throughout the year, as well as free general membership meetings. Our area includes the greater Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indio and Coachella), the High Desert communities and Blythe. We invite you to join us and become a member!

Membership fees: $50.00 annually.

Membership Application


Visit: – Calendar of Events for more

You are invited to attend webinars listed on this website. Additionally, we will notify you of Webinars presented by our Region 7 as well as others that you may find interesting.

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Desert Communities 2022 Board

Chair Person
Dawn Disher, CFO
Southwest Networks Inc
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Vice Chair
Itzel Lopez, HR Generalist
The Management Trust
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Andy Cloutier, Director of Human Resources
Visit Greater Palm Springs
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Anita Marlowe
RE Vacation Rentals, EDD Retired
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Public Relations
Katrina McDowell, Paralegal
Erica Ramirez, Attorney at Law
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Legislative Coordinator
Karen Sloat, Attorney at Law
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Speaker Coordinator
Mike Wales, Senior Consultant
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EDD/DCEAC Coordinator
Felicia Simonsen
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Veteran’s Representative

Emeritus Board Member
Anita Marlowe

For more information, contact: 

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