The new director of Palm Springs Parks and Recreation began leading the department Monday.

Director Yvonne Wise, who formerly oversaw Parks and Recreation for the Port of San Diego, was named for the role on Friday by Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton.

“For someone truly passionate about people, parks and placemaking, the culturally rich city of Palm Springs offers a vibrant canvas,” Wise said. “I am honored to be chosen to lead the city’s Parks and Recreation department, and I look forward to joining this community and working alongside a talented team.”

During her time with the Port of San Diego, she encouraged recreation and promoted civic pride by developing policies and strategic plans as well as managing public access to 22 parks, athletic fields, two cruise ship terminals and an aquatic center.

Wise received a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and dual bachelor’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University.

“Yvonne Wise’s 20-plus years of municipal experience leading parks and recreation and public art programs will serve her well in Palm Springs,” Clifton said. “We are fortunate to be getting her talent and expertise and I am excited to welcome her to the executive management team.”

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