Mayor Arizmendi

Rachelle Arizmendi

Rachelle Arizmendi was first elected to the City Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. In April 2017, she was selected to serve as Mayor by the Council. In February 2020, she was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem. In December 2020, Arizmendi was appointed as the Mayor.

She is extensively involved in numerous local, state and national organizations and initiatives. Locally, she serves as Board Chair for the Foothill Employment Training Consortium’s Policy Board, Second Vice-President of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus, Board President of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Board Member of Child 360. Rachelle was also appointed by former California Governor Brown to serve on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Nationally, she serves as the Secretary of the Board of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development and a Board Member At Large for the National Community Development Financial Institution Coalition.

Ms. Arizmendi is Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), one of the largest Asian Pacific Islander (API) community development corporations in the nation.

Born in Carmel, California, Arizmendi is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned 2 Bachelor’s degrees prior to pursuing her Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois University. She’s a dietitian by education and has taught Nutrition courses at Pasadena City College. Rachelle, her husband Fili, and dog Madison, have resided in Sierra Madre since 2006.