In 2014, Rachelle Arizmendi was the first woman of color elected to the City of Sierra Madre City Council. In April 2017, she was first selected by her colleagues to serve as Mayor and then again in December 2020. Rachelle ended her public service in December 2022.

Rachelle serves in leadership positions on several Boards including the Board President of the Asian American Pacific Islanders Equity Alliance, Board Co-Chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD), and was appointed by the current and previous CA Governor to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Former Board roles include, Board Chair for the Foothill Workforce Development Policy Board, Board Secretary of Child 360, 1 st Vice President of the CA League of Cities Women’s Caucus, and Board Member for the CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Coalition.

Rachelle Arizmendi was 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. Focused on under-represented and Asian Pacific Islander Communities, PACE provides services in the areas of job training and employment, business development, early education, asset
building, and energy & environmental services.

Currently, Rachelle is a Government Business Advisor for Avenu Insights and Analytics, a nation-wide government technology. She has two undergraduate degrees and a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in Nutrition.