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Your Hometown Mayor

Chelsea Reed, Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens, loves everything about the lifestyle in her native state of Florida and her hometown of Palm Beach Gardens. Chelsea and her husband of 29 years, Michael, have raised their two children and built their careers in Palm Beach County. While serving her hometown, she is also the Principal Consultant for Smith Reed Partners, assisting executives with advancement and career change.

Chelsea is the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Recipient for The Benjamin School, 2022 Public Sector Leadership Excellence Award Winner for Leadership Palm Beach County, the 2022 Complete Streets Champion, and was 1 of 20 nationally chosen elected officials for the 2021-22 Smart Growth America Champions Institute.

Chelsea prides herself on her accessibility, transparent communication, and dedication to her community, supporting a strong economy and healthy business climate for residents, while encouraging sustainably and maintaining Palm Beach Gardens’ 50% greenspace.

Chelsea enjoys providing professional and student mentorship and is a popular public speaker. In her free time, she is a trail and ultra-relay runner, adventure traveler and water sport athlete.  

Your Hometown Mayor/Bio: About

Chelsea Smith Reed

Professional Experience:

  • Smith Reed Partners, Principal Consultant (2022-present)

  • Palm Beach Spine Institute, Business Manager/Owner (2016-2018)

  • North American Spine Foundation, Business Development Manager (2014-2016)

  • Spine & Sport, Director of Community Outreach/Owner (2004-2013)

  • Aquatic & Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, Director Aquatic Therapy/Owner (1994-2000)

Civic and Community Service:

  • Chair, Resilient & Connected Region Task Force, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce 

  • Chair & Founder, Sustainability Subcommittee, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce 

  • Chair, Women's Foundation of Florida: Network of Elected Women Circle & Elected Advisory Board 

  • Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Board of Directors 

  • Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2020

  • Resource Depot, Advisory Board 

  • Forum Club 

  • The Benjamin School Alumni Council, Board Member & Mentor 

  • Healthy Kids of Jupiter, Founding Member & Executive Committee 

  • Palm Beach Spine Foundation, Founding Member & Secretary 

Government Experience:

  • Mayor, City of Palm Beach Gardens (2022-present), Vice Mayor (2021-2022) Councilmember (2020-present)

  • Chair, Transportation Planning Agency Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board

  • Vice Chair, Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) 

  • Vice President, Palm Beach County League of Cities & Chair, Policy & Procedures Committee, Board of Directors 

  • 2nd Alternate, Nominating Committee Florida League of Cities & Member, Land Use & Economic Development Committee 

  • Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Appointed Member & Nominating Committee 

  • Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board

  • Transportation Planning Agency Citizens Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair (2020), District 1 (2018-2020)

  • City of Palm Beach Gardens Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board, Alternate 1 (2018-2020)

Council Committees & Appointments:

  • Chair, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency Governing Board 

  • Palm Beach Workforce Alliance Consortium, CareerSource Palm Beach County 

  • North County Intergovernmental Committee 

  • Multi-Jurisdictional Issues Coordination Forum 

  • Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce: Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee 

  • Bioscience Land Protection Advisory Board & Northlake Boulevard Task Force, Alternate 


  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida – Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida – Bachelor of Arts

  • University of South Florida Muma College of Business - Inclusive and Ethical Leadership Certificate & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate

Initial Term Began:

April 2, 2020

Awards, Certifications and Other Service:

  • 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, The Benjamin School

  • 2023 Home Rule Hero, Florida League of Cities 

  • 2022 Leadership Excellence Award Winner, Public Sector, Leadership Palm Beach County

  • 2022 Complete Streets Champion - Safe Streets Award Winner Palm Beach County

  • Champions Institute Leadership Class of 2021-22 Smart Growth America Active People, Healthy Nation℠

  • 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce

  • Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Certificates: ACES Trajectory – Automated, Connected, Electric & Shared, Strategies to Alleviate Traffic Congestion, Environmental Awareness for Highway and Street Maintenance & Basic Highway Plan Reading 

  • Shifting Narratives to Prevent Bicyclist & Pedestrian Deaths, Certificate, CUTR University of South Florida 

  • FDOT/FHWA/LTAP Complete Streets Introduction and Federal/State Perspective Certificate

  • MPOAC (Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council) Institute for Elected Officials Certification 

Your Hometown Mayor/Bio: Welcome
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