Carmen Cave is a recognized leader throughout the county for her resolve and commitment to ensuring Aliso Viejo remains a strong and viable community. As the co-founder and former president of the Cityhood Committee, Carmen was successful in bringing a fiscally responsible cityhood plan to voters and was the driving force behind the incorporation drive for Orange County's 34th city. In fact, Senator Dick Ackerman honored Carmen for her efforts with the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 33rd District.
Proudly serving as the City's first Mayor upon incorporation on July 1, 2001, Carmen served again as Mayor again in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.
Carmen represents the City of Aliso Viejo as a member of the League of California Cities- Orange County Division City Selection Committee and on the Orange County Transportation Authority-GMA 10 Committee. She serves as an alternate board member for the San Joaquin Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and Transportation Corridor System. Carmen serves the City on the Aliso Creek Watershed Committee and on the South Orange County Watershed Management Area. This Council Member brings a wealth of professional experience to the table. She has extensive experience in the social service field; land-use planning; and commercial development. Carmen is currently working as Planning Director for the City of Menifee, which incorporated on Oct. 1, 2008 as Riverside County's 26th city.
Carmen holds a B.A. degree in English and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University.
A 20-year Aliso Viejo resident, Carmen is a fixture in town, donating her time and efforts to several charities and organizations. She serves as Chair of the Aliso Viejo Community Cup - an annual golf tournament dedicated to raising funds for the City's Family Resource Center and other youth programs in Aliso Viejo. Carmen also served on Mission Hospital's Latino Leadership Council and was a steering committee member for the YMCA's "OC In Motion" campaign to promote health and wellness programs for youth.
Along with giving back to the community, Carmen is active in community activities and is often seen around town with her husband, Duane. An avid animal rescuer, Carmen adopted Zephyr, an endangered California Desert Tortoise. She also enjoys spending time with her rescue dog Charlie, who was adopted through "Save the Dalmatians & Others."
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