Carol Schwartz has had a lifetime commitment to public service, starting as a special education teacher in the mid-1960s. As a 50-year resident of the District of Columbia, she has served the city and its people through volunteer work and elected public office.
Carol won a citywide seat on the D.C. Council four times, starting in 1984 and ending in 2009 (she left for eight years following the death of her husband in 1988). Her first elected position was as a Board of Education member beginning in 1974, where she served until 1982. Propelled largely by her desire to serve, Carol, a former Republican and now Independent, has run for Mayor several times, garnering as much as 42% of the vote in a city where Democrats accounted for nearly 80 % of the vote. Recently, the Mayor appointed her to the D. C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.
Carol’s volunteer efforts have been many, including the Metropolitan Police Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, where she served for 25 years and became its first woman President. For 17 years, she served on the Board of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, where she was elected Vice Chair. Carol has been on the Board of the Hattie M. Strong Foundation for 20 years and the Community Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center for three decades. She is also currently on the Board of the Washington Animal Rescue League and the National Council of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Her devotion to causes has earned her the National Capitol Area Leadership Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the Whitney M. Young Award for Community Service from the Greater Washington Urban League, and numerous other honors.
Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Carol spent her childhood in Midland, Texas, where she worked in the family store and helped care for her brother and only sibling, Johnny, an individual with intellectual disability. A graduate in elementary and special education from the University of Texas, she raised three children and is a grandmother of two.