Caren has been a Central Coast resident for over three decades, bringing a wealth of local experience and education to the Board of Supervisors. In addition to serving on the Board of Supervisors and prior, the Arroyo Grande City Council, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Vitality Corporation, and volunteers with Arroyo Grande in Bloom. Prior to becoming only the sixth female Supervisor in San Luis Obispo County history, she was the first female Councilmember in nearly two decades in May 2010, and she was recruited to the Planning Commission in 2005 and became its Chair in 2007. She is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure balance and integrity within the political process. She believes strongly in an open, collaborative approach to leadership.
“I am driven to support my community and my nation to the best of my ability. I am honored to serve our county, and to help shape its character. District 4 is a unique place, with diverse economic and cultural histories. I will help ensure the political process is public, transparent and collaborative. Between our people, our geography, our history, and our resources, San Luis Obispo County is a very special place indeed.”
After graduating from Arroyo Grande High School, Caren attended Cuesta College then UCLA, where she earned a BA in History, and later completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Originally on a pre-Law path, she changed goals after a post-graduation trip to eleven countries, deciding instead to pursue a teaching career. After teaching for seven years, she took a break to raise children and run a small business. In 2007, when her children reached school age, she returned to the classroom. She recently left teaching Modern World History, Government, and Economics, to serve the County full time as Supervisor.
Caren feels extraordinarily blessed to have had the privilege to shape and educate young adults, and to have the opportunity to serve her community. “I live a dream every day.”