Mayor Pro Tem Arizmendi

Rachelle 2019

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 addition to representing Sierra Madre on the Foothill Workforce Development Policy Board and Collaborate PASadena, she serves as an Advisory Member of the South Coast AQMD Local Government & Small Business Assistance Advisory group and a Board Member on the League of California’s Cities (LOCC) Women’s Caucus. She is also a CA Governor Appointee on the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Board President of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, and Board Member/Governing Committee Chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Association of Community Development. Past leadership positions include Board Member of LOCC, Board Member of LOCC’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, and CA Governor Appointee to the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention.

Rachelle is the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of PACE (Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment). PACE is a non-profit community development organization that serves over 50,000 people every year in the areas of job training and employment, business development, early childhood education, financial education and asset building, energy and weatherization

Born in Carmel, California, Rachelle 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 for over twelve years.