Carol has a background in law, education, business and community service. Before retiring in 2006, Carol served for more than 10 years as the Associate Dean for Academics at the Univ. of Hawai`i Richardson School of Law. Carol also practiced law in a real estate firm in Honolulu and a business litigation firm in Los Angeles.
Originally trained as a teacher, Carol’s experience in education includes teaching from levels pre-K through law school, higher education administration and board level policymaking. In 2008 she was elected to the Hawai`i State Board of Education, the only statewide integrated k-12 school system in the country. She previously served for years as trustee of a private girl’s school. Carol now serves as a state commissioner to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).
Carol’s business experience includes 15 years as a senior executive in two Hawai`i financial services companies. She also served two terms on the Hawaii State Real Estate Commission and ran her own small educational video production company.
Throughout her career, Carol has been involved in public service involving cultural, professional and community activities including promoting the advancement of professional women as the first president of Hawai`i Women Lawyers, leadership positions in several Hawaii non-profit organizations, and years of fundraising experience.
Among her awards, Carol has been named Hawai`i Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year and received the Hawai`i State Bar Association’s ‘Ikena Award for outstanding service to legal education.
Living in Honolulu since 1976, Carol was born in Boston and finished high school in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned her B.A. from Barnard College, M.A. from Columbia University and J.D. from the Univ. of California Hastings College of Law.