Carolyn Goodman

MYVEGAS Magazine is very proud to announce the Honorable Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman will be contributing a special feature article each issue – From the Mayor’s Desk.  Stay informed about the Mayor’s initiatives within the city of Las Vegas.

Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011.  Her husband of 50 years (and previous mayor), Oscar B. Goodman, administered the oath of office.  It is the only known instance of a spouse succeeding a spouse as mayor in the United States.  Carolyn moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964.  She raised their four children while earning a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Nevada.  She also gained professional experience working in the hospitality and labor industries.  Another accomplishment involves founding The Meadows School in 1984- Nevada’s first nonprofit college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Carolyn has devoted much of her life to volunteerism and education in Las Vegas.  She has been recognized with the “Distinguished Nevadan” award, as well as having become a Sarah D. Barder Fellow in The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and an Alumna of the Year in Education at UNLV.  She has served the people of Las Vegas through her leadership in community nonprofit boards, charities and service organizations.  Goodman continues to prove her deep commitment to the community and devotes herself to the highest quality of life for all southern Nevadans through her efforts and dedication.

The Goodman children have gone on to be successful, graduating from out-of-state schools and currently living in Las Vegas while raising their families.  Eldest son, Oscar Jr., is a physician specializing in prostate cancer and oncology research who also earned a doctorate in molecular pharmacology and structural biology.  Ross is a retired Major in the U. S. Marine Corps and serves in private legal practice in Las Vegas.  Eric is a third generation alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is currently a Las Vegas Justice of the Peace.  Daughter Cara began working in human resources consulting and information technology after completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at Stanford University.