Steve Pougnet was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. A graduate of Michigan State University, Pougnet is a former Vice President of the Colorado School of Mines and held the position of Associate Director, National Corporate Leadership Program for the United Way of America in Alexandria, Virginia.
He was first elected to the Palm Springs City Council in 2003 and was elected Mayor in 2007. Mayor Pougnet has spearheaded the Downtown Revitalization Plan and other important programs that have led to the city’s renaissance over the past five years, including a Sustainability Master Plan.
Pougnet is married to Christopher Green and they are the parents of 6-year-old twins. An avid marathon runner and proponent of fitness and healthy living, Pougnet founded of the hugely successful “Mayor’s Healthy Planet, Healthy You, 1K, 5K, 7 mile Race and Wellness Festival to Fight Childhood Obesity, now in its second year.