Stephanie Piko


Get to Know Mayor Stephanie Piko

Mayor Stephanie Piko and her husband, Dr. James Piko, have been married since 1992 after meeting in Winter Park, CO. The Pikos have called Centennial home since their love for the outdoors brought them here in 2001 to raise their children, Austin and Conner. As active members in both Centennial and Colorado communities, running for City Council offered Stephanie the opportunity to represent community interests—especially the chance to protect and enhance the governmental structures and principles that founded the City of Centennial. As a result, a large part of her first term as Mayor focused on Strategic Planning to help solidify Centennial's mission, vision and values, providing the framework for future City Councils to lean on. Throughout her second term, Stephanie will work to ensure Centennial’s resilience and success through the implementation of innovative approaches to solid governance.

Before becoming Mayor, Stephanie was a technology instructor for the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD), where she continues to substitute teach. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from the University of Michigan. Having grown up on the west coast of Florida, she appreciates beautiful sunsets, which she also finds in Centennial—something everyone can share! Stephanie is The Villager's 2022 Woman of the Year and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Woman of the Year.

Community Involvement

Appointments to City Commissions and Committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Investment Committee 

Appointments to Outside Organizations

  • Arapahoe County Collaborative Transportation Forum Executive Committee (Alternate)
  • Buckley Air Force Base P4
  • Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority
  • Denver South Economic Development Partnership
  • Denver South Transportation Management Association
  • Metro Mayors Caucus
  • Mile High Flood District – Mayor Pro Tem 2024
  • National League of Cities – ITC Policy Committee & Research Advisory Committee
  • 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