Rachel Zenzinger is a former Colorado Senator from Arvada, who currently works as Project Manager for Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship, a branch of Washington, D.C.-based America Achieves. Previously, she served as advisor to the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative program in the Colorado Department of Higher Education. She also worked for Regis University in the Master of Arts in Education department where she specialized in Teacher Leadership.
Since moving to Arvada in 2002, she has served the community in a variety of capacities, including as twice-elected member of the Arvada City Council, where she also filled the role as Mayor Pro Tem. She left the City Council to accept an appointment to the State Senate, where she served one year.
She has served on numerous boards and committees such as: Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) board; Denver Urban Drainage and Flood Control District board; Jefferson County Child & Youth Leadership Commission; the Ralston House Child Advocacy board; and the Arvada Community Food Bank board. Currently, she serves on the Transit Alliance Board of Directors. She earned her graduate degree at Regis University with a Master of Arts in Adult Learning, Training & Development; and her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts at Regis with an emphasis in education.
In her single state legislative session, she received bipartisan support on all eight of her bills that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law, addressing issues of education, elders and the economy. She was named Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Community College System, and was recognized in April as a Friend of Adult Education by the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association for her legislative work.
She was named by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce as one of that organization’s Young Professionals of the Year in 2011; and in 2012, she was named by the Denver Post as one of Colorado’s Up-and-Coming Most Influential Women. Later in 2012, the Northwest Business and Professional Women named her their Woman of the Year.
Originally from Western Colorado, Rachel currently resides in Arvada where she is raising two children.