Carolyn grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, the daughter of public school teachers. Her parents had a deep sense of civic duty. However, her story took an unusual turn when her father, a professor, decided to quit his job and start a business selling paper animal hats! But the business went under during the recession of the 1990s, and Carolyn’s family went bankrupt. She was able to pursue a college degree because her country invested in her through public grants and federal loans. Carolyn worked hard and earned a Bachelor's from Yale, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in public administration with a focus on public finance from Syracuse University. Carolyn has spent her life working to create public services and policies that would truly help people. She started my career as an aide to Senator Ron Wyden, working on health care, education, women’s issues, social issues and transportation.
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