As a member of the Arvada City Council, Lauren Simpson is committed to working on issues for which she campaigned: fighting for affordable housing options, promoting local Arvada businesses and workers, and protecting shared public spaces and “place-making” new ones for residents and visitors to enjoy. Lauren also seeks to be a voice for Arvada’s families and a champion of ideas and programs that help local kids and young adults grow.
Born and raised in rural Texas, Lauren earned a Bachelor’s with Honors at Baylor University and then moved to Washington, D.C., where she earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from Catholic University. Lauren’s career began with internships at the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee and the United Nations, before she advanced within institutions such as the Pew Charitable Trusts and Ogilvy Worldwide.
These days, Lauren takes the G Line downtown to her day job, serving as a regional foreign policy and diplomatic officer for the Government of Canada in the U.S. Mountain West Territory. Her work is focused on promoting U.S.-Canada bilateral relations at the regional, state and municipal levels.
In addition to her professional role, Lauren has taken on several other roles to help the local community. She serves on the District Accountability Committee for JeffCo Public Schools, volunteers with the Keep Olde Town Beautiful litter clean-up group, is a past president of her previous HOA, and has been involved as a volunteer for several local political campaigns and leaders.
Lauren and her husband Steven, a Colorado native, decided to relocate back to Colorado before starting a family. It took only one lunch in Olde Town Arvada for them to decide that this was where they wanted to be. Six years later, Lauren and Steven love this community and can’t envision raising their daughter, Tabitha, anywhere else. They’re also “fur parents” to a dog (Zoe) and two cats (Simon and River). The family can usually be found at the Apex Center or enjoying an afternoon in Olde Town.