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Coordinator, Western Region

Megan Scarborough-Eckel
City of Indio (Coachella)

Community Services Commissioner
Indio Community Services Commission

Statement of Interest

With a profound appreciation for the cultural richness and community vibrancy fostered by the Thai American Samakkee Coalition, I am eager to contribute my skills, experiences, and passion to further advance its mission.

Having actively engaged in various community-driven initiatives, I have cultivated a deep understanding of the issues facing Thai-Americans, and the broader Asian-American community. My background in municipal government equips me with the ability to effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders, develop strategic initiatives, and drive impactful change.

As a board member, I am committed to leveraging my expertise to enhance the coalition's programs and initiatives, promote cultural awareness, and advocate for the needs and aspirations of Thai-Americans. I am dedicated to fostering inclusivity, empowering community members, and strengthening the bonds that unite us.

I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to contribute to the Thai-American Samakkee Coalition's continued growth and success. With unwavering dedication and a collaborative spirit, I am confident in my ability to make a meaningful difference and serve the community with integrity and purpose. 


Megan Scarborough-Eckel, is a second-generation Thai-American, born and raised in Indio, California, where she is currently serving her second term as a Community Services Commissioner.  In January 2021, she became the first Thai woman, and the first African-American woman, to serve as the City of Indio’s Chairperson for the Community Services Commission.


She is also currently the Clerk of the Board for the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, which is nearly a one hundred year old government organization, with a mission of protecting public health by providing effective and environmentally sound vector control, and vector-borne disease prevention programs.


Her passion for service began while studying Political Science and Music at UCLA, where she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Societies, which help the Los Angeles community through their beach and park cleanups, tutoring underprivileged children, and various recycling events.  Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown to work on several political campaigns, including Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD of California’s 25th Congressional District (formerly the 36th Congressional District) and City of Indio Councilmember, Waymond Fermon’s.

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