Stephanie Piko


Get to Know Mayor Stephanie Piko

Mayor Stephanie Piko assumed office as Centennial’s third Mayor in January of 2018 after serving for six years as a City Council Member, representing District 4. Her decision to run for City Council stemmed from a deep commitment to representing community interests, particularly in safeguarding and improving the foundational principles of the City of Centennial. During her initial term, Mayor Piko prioritized strategic planning, which laid a robust framework for Centennial’s mission, vision and values, empowering future City Councils. Mayor Piko guided strategic investments in the City’s technological resources and platforms that proved to be invaluable investments for the resilience of Centennial’s infrastructure. Now in her second term, Mayor Piko has focused on working with the community to increase engagement across Centennial through her work with non-profits that support the citizens of Centennial. From the arts, to youth/senior outreach and working to support families and those experiencing homelessness, Mayor Piko remains dedicated to implementing innovative strategies to address our most challenging issues.

Mayor Piko actively represents Centennial and Colorado communities and brings a broad background to serving the City’s interest through our finance committees, Metro Mayors Caucus Executive Board, Vice-Chair of Mile High Flood District and numerous additional commissions and committees at the regional, state and national levels.

Stephanie and her husband, Dr. James Piko, have called Centennial home since their love of the outdoors brought them back to Colorado in 2001. Their children, Austin and Conner, are proud graduates of Grandview High School, Chapman University and Colorado State University respectively. Our community has recognized Mayor Piko’s dedication by naming her the 2019 Aurora Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and The Villager’s 2022 Woman of the Year. 

Community Involvement

Appointments to City Commissions and Committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Investment Committee 

Appointments to Outside Organizations

  • Arapahoe County Transportation Committee
  • Arapahoe Region Opioid Settlement Commission
  • Buckley Air Force Base Honorary Commander
  • Colorado Business Roundtable Board
  • Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority
  • Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Board Member
  • Denver South Transportation Management Association, Chair
  • Faith Council
  • Metro Mayors Caucus Executive Board
  • Mile High Flood District, Vice-Chair
  • National League of Cities/National Governor’s Association EV Workforce Development Group, Co-Chair
  • National League of Cities – Research Advisory Committee
  • National League of Cities – Advisory Board
  • Regional Air Quality District, Board Member
  • Regional Opioid Abatement Council

Additional and Past Involvement

  • Arapahoe County Transportation Forum
  • Arapahoe Parks and Recreation District – Liaison, 2012-2017
  • Centennial City Council Member – District 4, 2012-2017
  • Centennial FiberWorks Commission
  • Centennial Mayor Pro Tem – 2013, 2017
  • Centennial Open Space Advisory Board – Chair, 2007-2011
  • Centennial Planning and Zoning Commission – Alternate, 2008-2011
  • Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority – 2013-Present, Chair 2017-2019
  • Colorado Municipal League – Legislative Policy Committee, 2015-2017
  • Information Technology and Communications Federal Advocacy Committee – 2017-2019, Vice Chair 2018, Chair 2019
  • Mile High Flood District, Secretary 2020, Treasurer 2021 - 2022
  • National League of Cities – Executive Advisory Committee, 2021, Board of Directors, 2019-Present
  • Orchard Valley Homeowners Association – Secretary, 2003-2004, President 2005-2012
  • Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority – 2014-2017