Arvada City Councilmember and Mayor Pro-Tem Rachel Zenzinger received the Northwest Metro Business & Professional Women’s prestigious "Woman of the Year" award at the organization’s annual banquet on October 6, 2012. “Rachel Zenzinger follows a long line of intelligent women who have fearlessly led Arvada and the rest of the Northwest Metro area into the 21st Century and beyond,” said Marcia McLagan-Clark, chair of the B & PW award committee. “The welfare of our communities rests on the shoulders of Rachel and others like her, and we are pleased to distinguish her with this award.”
Previous honorees include former State Representative Sara Gagliardi, former State Senator Sue Windels, Westminster City Councilmember Faith Winter, and former Arvada City Councilwoman Lorraine Anderson.
Zenzinger has a been City Councilmember since 2009 and Mayor Pro-Tem since last year. In her capacity as City Councilmember, she serves on a variety of community boards and committees; and she is treasurer of the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Her background is in education, and she serves as coordinator of the Master of Arts in Education Program at Regis University. She was coordinator for the Adams 12 Expelled Program, and she has worked on behalf of numerous non-profits including Catholic Charities, the Arvada Center, Ralston House and the Arvada Community Food Bank.
“I am honored to know that a group as notable as the Northwest Metro Business & Professional Women has chosen me, among all the possible candidates, to receive this award,” Zenzinger said. “I hope I can continue to justify their faith in me and follow the example of the others who have won before me.”