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Karen Spiegel

Karen Spiegel

Supervisor -  District 2

Karen Spiegel was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District on November 6, 2018, and was sworn into office on January 8, 2019.  The Second District includes the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, Home Gardens and Highgrove, and the cities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, and the western half of the City of Riverside.

Karen Spiegel began her political career as the elected City Treasurer for the City of Corona in 1996. After six years as Treasurer, she embraced the City Council elections in 2002 and served the City of Corona as Council Member for 16 years, serving as Mayor four terms. Her actions speak volumes and her unique passion for service truly sets her apart. She encourages community participation with City and County government and has introduced many new programs. Karen has been credited for her leadership in regional transportation issues, collaboration and regional partnerships.

In addition to the service in her District, Karen represents Riverside County on the Regional and State level in many organizations and has served in a leadership role on several. She is an energetic member of the community and her "roll-up your sleeves" attitude has led her to immerse herself in many civic, business and community activities. She has been honored for her service with numerous awards and recognition over the years.

With her depth of knowledge and commitment to our community, Karen proudly represents the Second District on many boards including: Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) as Past Chair and current Commissioner and Executive Committee; Regional Council Member and Transportation Committee of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG); Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Past Chair, current Director, Executive Committee Member as well as Chair of Administration and Operations Committee; Chair of the Flood Control and Water Conservation District; Vice-Chair of the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District; Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP); Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink); the Western Riverside County of Governments (WRCOG); and the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA).  Supervisor Spiegel sits on the Riverside University Health System (RUHS) Medical Center Governing Board and the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) Board of Directors, the State of California’s 2nd largest public health plan servicing Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, and the Medicare Advantage Special Needs populations in the Riverside and San Bernardino County Region.

Karen graduated from California State University, Long Beach and did her graduate studies at Pepperdine University, where she received a Master’s Degree and was a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) for over twenty-five years. Karen has had the opportunity to experience several different work environments including: counseling, restaurant/catering, electrical contracting, bookkeeping and is the owner of a local marketing company since 1985.

Karen and her husband of more than 33 years, Bobby, have five adult children and one grandchild. She treasures the time she can spend with her grandson RJ, who adores his Bubbie (grandmother). All five of their children have experienced domestic and international travel and have each received their Bachelor Degrees or higher. Karen has been a tremendous influence on her children and believes that “Education and life experiences give our youth the foundation to build upon so that our values, customs and history live on in future generations.”



Our Team




Karen Christensen

Chief of Staff


Liliana Allin

Scheduler and Administrative & Legislative Assistant


Deborah Rose

Legislative Assistant & Health and Human Services liaison


Wendell Bugtai

Legislative Assistant


Matthew Maldonado

Board Assistant


Cities & Unincorporated Communities


City of Corona

City of Eastvale



City of Riverside

Jurupa Valley

City of Jurupa Valley

City of Norco

City of Norco

Unincorporated Areas


Coronita is a census-designated place in Riverside County, California. Coronita sits at an elevation of 630 feet (190 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land. The 2010 United States Census reported that Coronita had a population of 2,608. The population density was 3,753.8 people per square mile (1,449.4/km²). The racial makeup of Coronita was 63.2% White, 1.5% African American, 1.2% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 26.4% from other races, 3.1% from two or more races, and 51.7% Hispanic or Latino. The Census reported that 99.4% of the population lived in households, 0.6% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0% were institutionalized.

El Cerrito

El Cerrito is a census-designated place (CDP) in Riverside County. It is an unincorporated area mostly surrounded by the city of Corona. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (5.11%) is water. As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,590 people, 1,292 households, and 1,122 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,545.6 people per square mile (596.7/km²). There were 1,331 housing units at an average density of 448.2/sq mi (173.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.02% White, 2.22% Black or African American, 0.92% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 19.83% from other races, and 4.31% from two or more races. 37.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Highgrove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Riverside County.Highgrove is located in an unincorporated area of Riverside County between the City of Riverside and the City of Grand Terrace. The population was 3,988 at the 2010 census, up from 3,445 at the 2000 census. Highgrove is the only unincorporated community in Riverside County's 2nd District with a Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). A MAC is an organization composed of elected or appointed members whose purpose is to advise the county government about the activities and problems in the area. A MAC has no fiscal authority or administrative organization. Please click here for the Highgrove MAC's meeting agendas and minutes. The 2010 United States Census reported that Highgrove had a population of 3,988. The population density was 1,239.0 people per square mile (478.4/km²). The racial makeup of Highgrove was 2,104 (52.8%) White, 162 (4.1%) African American, 41 (1.0%) Native American, 113 (2.8%) Asian, 13 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 1,388 (34.8%) from other races, and 167 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino were 2,604 persons (65.3%). 

Home Gardens

Home Gardens is a census-designated place (CDP) in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 9,461 at the 2000 census. As of the census of 2000, there were 9,461 people, 2,302 households, and 1,952 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 8,793.4 people per square mile (3,382.3/km²). There were 2,365 housing units at an average density of 2,198.1/sq mi (845.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 47.91% White, 3.38% Black or African American, 1.32% Native American, 4.57% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 38.11% from other races, and 4.48% from two or more races. 66.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 

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