Lauren Simpson, Mayor

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Lauren Simpson was elected to serve a 4-year term as Mayor in the 2023 election (previously serving from 2019 to 2023 as the District 2 Councilmember). Mayor Simpson is committed to working on issues for which she campaigned: fighting for affordable housing options, promoting local Arvada businesses and workers, and protecting our shared public spaces while “place-making” new ones for residents and visitors to enjoy. Lauren also seeks to be a voice for Arvada’s families and an advocate for her constituents in need.

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. Prior to her election as Mayor, she served eight years as a Senior Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Officer with the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, helping lead public affairs for the Government of Canada in the U.S. Mountain West Region.

In addition to her duties as Mayor, Lauren has taken on several other roles to help the local community — from board service to youth mentorship. She is an active member of the Arvada Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge 2278 and the Arvada Chamber; serves on the Board of Directors for the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority and the Arvada Visitor’s Center; and acts as the City's representative to the Metro Mayors Caucus. She also had the honor to serve as Vice Chair of the once-in-a-decade Arvada City Charter Review Committee in 2021.

Lauren and her husband, Steven, a Colorado native, were looking for the right place to settle before starting a family. It took only one lunch in Olde Town for them to decide that this was where they wanted to be. All these years later, Lauren and Steven are still in love with this community and cannot envision raising their daughter, Tabitha, anywhere else. They’re also “fur parents” to dog, Zoe, and cats, Amber and Marble. The family stays active at the Apex Center and can frequently be met patronizing shows and classes at the Arvada Center as well as dining in Olde Town.