Born and raised in Washington, Carolyn learned from her parents that hard work is the key to success.
Carolyn grew up in Bremerton, Washington, as part of a big working-class family. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom during Carolyn’s early years, and later went back into the workforce as a paraeducator at her local elementary school; Carolyn’s father works as an autobody repairman. From a young age, Carolyn volunteered with her mother and siblings for Peninsula Community Health Services to benefit their dental program for low income families, Smile Rescuers. Watching her parents, Carolyn learned the importance of hard work and perseverance, as well as how important it is to give back to your community.
Carolyn was a Girl Scout for over ten years and helped run youth leadership programs at her church. She was an avid reader and loved to learn. As she began to explore the potential career paths ahead of her, she learned that her love of reading and critical thinking skills could be well used as a lawyer. When she learned of the many lawyers who work in the public sector, using the law to serve and improve their communities, she knew the path she wanted to take. She dedicated herself to pursuing her dream, despite the financial challenges that faced her. She worked hard to obtain scholarships and strived to prove herself academically. Through the Running Start program, she earned her Associate’s Degree while still in high school and graduated as the valedictorian of her class. She attended Washington State University and graduated summa cum laude with a double degree in sociology and Spanish, and was accepted to University of Washington School of Law. While in law school she worked for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She graduated in the spring of 2015 and was admitted to practice law in Washington in the fall of 2015.
After being admitted to the bar, Carolyn came to San Juan County to work for the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She moved to Friday Harbor in 2015 and has worked as the District Court deputy prosecutor ever since.