Rachel is a first generation college graduate with a degree from ASU in psychology and post-graduate work in history. She has worked for the university as a research and teaching assistant and received a fellowship to study in England. She later managed retirement plans for Fortune 500 companies. Rachel also serves as the president of her church’s children’s organization, the treasurer for her homeowners association, a precinct committeeman in LD16. Rachel and her husband have a daughter in kindergarten.
Rachel Walden was elected as an at-large member of the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board in Arizona in the general election held on November 8, 2022. She assumed office on January 1, 2023, and her current term will end on January 1, 2027.
As a member of the Governing Board, Walden will be responsible for overseeing the management and operation of the Mesa Public Schools system, which is the largest school district in Arizona, serving over 60,000 students across 81 schools.
Walden’s background and experience as a first-generation college graduate with a degree in psychology from Arizona State University, as well as her work as a research and teaching assistant and experience managing retirement plans for Fortune 500 companies, may provide her with a unique perspective and skill set that could be beneficial to her role on the Governing Board.
As an at-large member, Walden will represent the entire Mesa community, rather than a specific geographic area, and will work alongside other members of the Board to make decisions on policies, budgets, and programs that impact the education and well-being of students in the district.
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