Carol was adopted with her twin sister from South Korea and grew up in Maryland and rural Oregon. Her experiences advocating for the rights of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community have taught her many life lessons and cemented her determination to continue to work for these communities, no matter where her career path has lead.
Carol worked as a farmworker on the largest wholesale shade tree nursery in the country while going to college to study interior, design, marine biology and ultimately, English literature. She also studied Spanish in college and Mexico and remains proficient in the language. While at the University of Oregon, Carol served as the Women’s Diversity liaison on the student council at a time when the university sought to require Ethnic Studies survey course as condition of graduation.
After leaving college, Carol worked in the nonprofit sector as a domestic violence advocate, health educator, and organizational development and DEI consultant and trainer. From 2000 to 2002, she worked for the Oregon Public Health Division, overseeing grants and contracts to culturally-specific community organizations. She returned to the public in 2010 as equity and policy manager in the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, working with community partners to advance administrative and legislative policy that improved the health of marginalized communities. She has served on the boards of the MRG Foundation, the Hambleton Project (support for lesbians with cancer and their partners) and the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Currently, Carol is the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager at Meyer Memorial Trust, overseeing the foundation’s equity work and elevating diversity, equity and inclusion within the next phase of its DEI strategy. Carol joined the foundation in 2016 as Meyer’s leadership development program officer in its Building Community portfolio. Meyer Memorial Trust is Oregon’s second-largest private foundation with an endowment of more than $800 million and focus on areas: housing, education, the environment and building community.