Geoff Kors first moved to Palm Springs in 2000 and immediately became an active member of the community. Today, Geoff is a candidate for City Council. Geoff takes everything he has learned from a lifetime fighting for equality and opportunity to step up and be the leader Palm Springs can rely on. Geoff understands government from the ground up. He knows how to build coalitions and has proven that he can deliver.
A graduate of Stanford Law School, Geoff has a distinguished career working in government, and on government policy and law. Geoff currently serves as Government Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights where he spearheads work on local, state and federal legislation and government policy. Previously, Geoff served for nine years as Executive Director of Equality California where he led the effort to transform California from a state with almost no legal protections for the LGBT community to the state with the broadest protections in the nation. During that time, Geoff helped pass more than 70 bills, many of which he conceived of and drafted.
Geoff’s experience also includes representing local government as a lawyer, working as a senior legislative staffer for a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors/City Council, serving as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and owning two small businesses including one in Palm Springs. Geoff has been honored for his work by the State of California, the City of San Francisco, the Human Rights Campaign, Los Angeles and Palm Springs Pride, Metropolitan Community Church, and awarded commendations by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Justice.
Geoff has been an active member of the Palm Springs Community for the past 15 years, serving on the Palm Springs Community PAC, Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee, Digicom Advisory Board, Sanctuary Palm Springs Advisory Board and Desert Stonewall Democrats Steering Committee. Geoff has been appointed by Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz to serve as a delegate to the California Democratic Party State Convention in 2015. Geoff is also a member of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Desert Business Association, Mizell Senior Center Stars Club, Desert AIDS Project Partners for Life, AIDS Assistance Project Angel, Palm Springs Museum Theater Council, PS Mod Com Preservation Partner, HRC Federal Club, Equality California Capitol Club and many other community organizations. Geoff also serves on the national board of directors of Freedom to Marry and previously served on the board and as PAC Chair for the SF League of Conservation Voters.
Geoff lives in Palm Springs with his husband, Palm Springs Unified School Board Member James Williamson. Geoff’s father, Murray, is also a resident of Palm Springs.