The Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation is committed to economic mobility for residents of the Coachella Valley and advancing our tourism workforce along with improving sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry. Foundation programs include college scholarships to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality, supporting industry mentorship and internship programs, and providing grants to cities for projects that enhance the visitor experience or advance accessibility, sustainability, diversity, equity, or inclusion in our community.


Tourism Foundation programming and activities are made possible by the generous support of our donors. In 2022, the foundation was able to expand it's scholarship giving to local students, develop robust workforce development programs through partnerships with One Future Coachella Valley and College of the Desert PaCE, and provide visitor experience grants to Coachella Valley cities.

The Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation Board of Directors provides key oversight, fiduciary and policy direction for the Foundation. Members bring significant executive-level expertise in tourism, hospitality and business. Visit Greater Palm Springs President and CEO Scott White serves in an advisory role for the Foundation.

Tourism Foundation Board Members

  • Aftab Dada, Tourism Foundation Co-Chair and Managing Director, Hilton Palm Springs
  • Tim Ellis, Tourism Foundation Co-Chair and Managing Partner, Ellis Hospitality Services
  • Tiffany Lam, Tourism Foundation Board Member and Vice President of Operations, Kam Sang Company
  • Robert Schneider, Tourism Foundation Board Member
  • John Shay, Tourism Foundation Board Member and Chief Operating Officer, Lulu California Bistro 
  • Nusrat Mirza, Tourism Foundation Board Member and General Manager, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

How We Are Funded
Founded in 2018, the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing education, employment and professional growth in the local tourism and hospitality community. Help us achieve these goals by showing that travel really matters to Greater Palm Springs and by making a tax-deductible contribution. The Foundation accepts donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and other foundations.

To make an online donation to the Tourism Foundation, click here.

Contributions are also accepted by mail:

Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation
c/o Visit Greater Palm Springs
70100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
Attn: Davis Meyer, Senior Director of Community Engagement

For more information, contact Davis Meyer at, 760-969-1360.