Mayor Jeni Arndt
Fort Collins has been home since I was three weeks old. My parents moved here from Boulder, where my father was in graduate school. They chose Fort Collins because it was in 1964, a great place to raise a family. That has not changed in 56 years!
After attending Moore Elementary, Blevins Junior High School, and Poudre High School, I earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Colorado College. Soon afterwards I earned an MA in Geography from the University of Colorado followed by an MA in Special Education from Purdue University in Indiana. After teaching special education for a few years, I earned a Ph.D. in Literacy and Language from Purdue.
When I was away—in college, in the Peace Corps (Morocco), in graduate school, living and working in Mozambique, Africa— Fort Collins was always my home. When the opportunity arose to live anywhere, my husband, Channing, and I enthusiastically returned to Fort Collins with our three children. I wanted them to attend Poudre High School. We live three blocks from where I grew up. My work experience includes Congressional intern, ESL teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, secondary special education teacher, middle school principal, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, university faculty member and department head.
In addition to working, teaching and attending school, I have been an active volunteer. Serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco was an honor. I served on school boards in Lafayette, IN and in Mozambique. After moving back to Fort Collins, I served on the Commission of Disabilities as well as Childsafe before running for State Representative in 2014. As a State Representative I have focused on water, agriculture, small business and public education. After 3+ terms in the General Assembly I was elected Mayor of Fort Collins in April, 2021.
Personally, my husband of 32 years and I have three adult children. My mom, Libby James is my rock and role model. In my free time, I run, bike, swim, read and talk to people.
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- Ad Hoc City Manager Selection Process Committee
- Disaster Council/Policy Coordination Committee
- Downtown Development Authority (Alternate)
- Downtown Development Authority
- Election Code Committee
- Ethics Review Board
- Forfeited Property Disposition Committee
- Futures Committee
- Legislative Review Committee
- North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Council
- North I-25 Coalition
- North I-25 Coalition Working Group: I-25 Funding Committee
- Northern Colorado Airport Selection Committee
- Northern Colorado Regional Airport Commission
- Platte River Power Authority
- Regional Transportation Coordination Task Force Policy Advisory Committee
- Water Quality Control Commission