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Council Member Priya Bhat-Patel


City Council Member, District 3, 2018 - present

Mayor Pro Tem, 2019

760-434-2830 office | 760-473-8726 cell 
council@carlsbadca.gov |  priya.bhat-patel@carlsbadca.gov 
Office hours: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council Member Bhat-Patel will be available via her cell phone during her open office hours on Wednesdays between 3-4:30 pm. Please call during this time and if she is unable to answer, leave a message and she will try and return your call within a few days. Open office hours are first come first served and no appointments are made. There are some instances where the Council Member will be hosting Facebook or Instagram Live hours. Please check her social media to confirm the dates. 

Regional government

  • City/School Committee Member
  • Encina Wastewater Authority Board of Directors (alternate)
  • League of CA Cities San Diego Division Member
  • North County Transit Board of Directors Member
  • SANDAG Board of Directors (2nd alternate)

Community involvement and volunteer activities

  • Volunteer Carlsbad City Library (current and past)
  • Graduate of City of Carlsbad Citizens Academy (past)
  • Volunteer Community Hope Project (past)
  • Volunteer Kids for Peace (past)
  • Volunteer Tri City Medical Center (past)

Professional organizations

  • American Public Health Association Member (current)
  • South Asian Public Health Association Partnership/Chapter Committee Officer (past)


  • Doctor of Public Health from Loma Linda University
  • Master of Public Health from University of Southern California, with highest honors
  • Bachelor of Science from University of California, San Diego

Past awards and achievements

  • Delta Omega Inductee, University of Southern California
  • 2018 Ruth White Award Recipient, Loma Linda University

Personal history

  • Resident of Carlsbad for over 20 years
  • Alumna of Aviara Oaks Elementary, Aviara Oaks Middle, and Carlsbad High School
  • Lives with her husband and dog

Contact information

Council Member Priya Bhat-Patel
City of Carlsbad 
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive 
Carlsbad, CA 92008

760-434-2830 office
760-473-8726 cell