Carmen grew up in NYC and attended the New School of Social Research. Currently she is a Political Campaign Professional and consultant with the Campaign for Southern Equality We Do Campaign. She has managed three successful campaigns in Buncombe County and has worked for state, regional and national campaigns.

After their youngest graduated college, Carmen and her husband sold their home in southern California and spent 2 years touring the contiguous US in a 40ft motor coach, settling in Asheville in 2007.  As a result of that road trip she says, with a smile, that she has an advanced degree in Americana. Touring the US has given Carmen tremendous insight on how community design affects urban, suburban and rural areas for good or ill.

Since arriving in Asheville, Carmen has volunteered and served on a number of community boards and committees. Among them are the Council On Aging, Children First, In Real Life, Barriers to Re-entry Roundtable, Community Race Discussion Group, Martin Luther King, Jr. Assoc. Scholarship Committee and Building Bridges of Asheville.

Carmen is on the executive boards of the East End / Valley Street Neighborhood Association and Inner Works.  She is a founding member of Asheville Living Treasures and was recently appointed by the Asheville City Council to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

A community activist most of her adult life, Carmen feels it’s a privilege to serve her community in whatever capacity she can.

When there’s free time, Carmen enjoys watching classic films, reading political history books and socializing with friends.