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Your Hometown Mayor

Chelsea Reed, Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens, is an award-winning leader with decades of experience in business development and philanthropy. Chelsea loves the quality of life in her hometown of Palm Beach Gardens and, with her husband of 30 years, Michael, has raised two children and built esteemed careers in Palm Beach County. While serving as an elected official, she is also the Principal Consultant for Smith Reed Partners, assisting executives with advancement and career change.

 

She was chosen as one of the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 'Palm Beach 100' Palm Beach County’s Most Influential Business Leaders by Palm Beach Illustrated. She is the 2024 incoming President for Palm Beach County League of Cities, recipient of a Home Rule Hero Award in 2024 and 2023 from Florida League of Cities, the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from the Benjamin School, the 2022 Leadership Palm Beach County Public Sector Leadership Excellence Award winner, and the 2022 Complete Streets Champion Award winner for Palm Beach County. Under her leadership as Chair, the Palm Beach County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board was named the 2023 Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board of the Year by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged and she was honored to be 1 of 20 nationally chosen elected officials for the 2021-22 Smart Growth America Champions Institute. Chelsea also chairs several boards focused on transportation, sustainability, smart growth, and leadership.

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.

 

She 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.  

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 (2004-2011)

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

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

  • Incoming President, Palm Beach County League of Cities & Chair, Legislative Committee 

  • Vice Chair, Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC) 

  • National League of Cities, 2024 Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) Federal Advocacy Committee

  • Florida League of Cities, Board of Directors, Nominating Committee & 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

 

Civic and Community Service:

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

  • 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, Member 

  • The Benjamin School Alumni Council, Board Member & Mentor

  • GFWC Palm Beach Gardens Woman’s Club, Member

  • Healthy Kids of Jupiter, Founding Member & Executive Committee 

  • Palm Beach Spine Foundation, Founding Member & Secretary 

 

Education:

  • 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

Awards, Certifications and Other Service:

  • 2023-2024 'Palm Beach 100' Palm Beach County’s Most Influential Business Leaders, Palm Beach Illustrated

  • 2024 and 2023 Home Rule Hero Award, Florida League of Cities 

  • 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, The Benjamin School

  • 2023 Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board of the Year (Chair)

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

  • 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): ACES Trajectory – Automated, Connected, Electric & Shared Certificate, Strategies to Alleviate Traffic Congestion Certificate, Environmental Awareness for Highway and Street Maintenance & Basic Highway Plan Reading Certificate, Complete Streets Introduction and Federal/State Perspective Certificate

  • Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR): Shifting Narratives to Prevent Bicyclist & Pedestrian Deaths Certificate

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

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