Carolyn G. Goodman has been the Honorable Mayor of Las Vegas since July 6, 2011. She succeeded her husband, Oscar B. Goodman, becoming the first instance of a spouse succeeding another as mayor in the United States. Carolyn moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964 and has been deeply involved in the community ever since.
As a dedicated advocate for education, Carolyn founded Nevada’s first nonprofit college preparatory school, The Meadows School, in 1984. She also earned a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Nevada and gained professional experience in the hospitality and labor industries.
Carolyn’s commitment to volunteerism and education has earned her numerous accolades, including the “Distinguished Nevadan” award and recognition as a Sarah D. Barder Fellow in The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She has also served on various community nonprofit boards and service organizations, striving to enhance the quality of life for all southern Nevadans.
Her dedication to the city extends to her family, as her children have become successful professionals in various fields. Eldest son, Oscar Jr., is a physician specializing in prostate cancer and oncology research, while Ross serves in private legal practice in Las Vegas after retiring as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps. Eric, another son, is a Las Vegas Justice of the Peace and a third-generation alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Daughter Cara pursued human resources consulting and information technology after completing her studies at Stanford University.
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