MEET CAROLYN

Carolyn and Family
Carolyn and Family

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Peace Hero Award
Peace Hero Award

Carolyn was recognized as a Peace Hero at Dayton’s Peace Heroes Walk that took place on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Carolyn and the Dayton delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the world famous Mostar Bridge in 2016

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Carolyn and Family

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Carolyn Rice was elected Commissioner of Montgomery County in November 2018 and assumed office on January 1, 2019.  She serves as the President of the Montgomery County Commission for 2022. With her swearing-in, the Montgomery County Commission became an all-female Commission for the first time in Montgomery County history and only the second time in Ohio history.  Carolyn previously served as Montgomery County Treasurer from February 2007 through December 2018.  

 

As Commissioner, Carolyn Rice has focused on issues including birth-to-age-3 child development, homeless solutions, youth internships and work-based learning, addiction prevention, criminal justice, regional and international economic development, sustainability and the environment, mental health, and resiliency by responding to emergencies ranging from tornadoes to the coronavirus. She is a champion of Montgomery County’s participation in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library that mails free books to children birth to age 5. The County program has had more than 17,000 children participate since its inception.

 

Carolyn has served as the Chair of the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, better known as the Montgomery County Land Bank, since it was created in 2011. As Commissioner, she also serves on the boards of the Community Improvement Corporation, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District Board, and the local and regional emergency management boards.  In addition, she serves on the County’s Data Processing Board, Investment Advisory Committee, and Planning Commission.  She also serves on the County Commission Association of Ohio’s Investment and Justice & Public Safety committees, and as Vice Chair of the Human Services Committee. She is a member of Ohio’s state-wide advisory board for the expansion of Infant Toddler Courts.  

 

Prior to her service as an elected official, Carolyn worked 17 years in the private sector for a variety of organizations including Reynolds & Reynolds, LexisNexis, Dames & Moore, and Wright State University. 

 

Carolyn is active in the community and has served on the boards of the Rotary Club of Dayton, Dayton Council on World Affairs, Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, and the Dayton Sister City Committee.

 

Carolyn has been recognized as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s Power 50 (50 most influential women in the region) three times, and as a 2016 Peace Hero through the Dayton International Peace Museum.  Carolyn has been active in many community activities, particularly with a focus on youth.  She and her husband have hosted numerous international guests in their home through various exchange programs and is a College Promise mentor for the second time meeting weekly with a student from Dixie High School.

 

Carolyn is a native of Dayton and received her BS in Education from Miami University of Ohio and her MBA from Wright State University. She was an elementary school teacher working with students with special needs early in her career.  She completed the Genesee Institute’s Community Land Reform Initiatives executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2009. 

 

Carolyn has been married to her husband Mike for more than 45 years and has two grown children, four young grandchildren, and a rescue dog. 

 Carolyn at a local Land Bank Demolition site with Sam Braun, Auditor Karl Keith, Commissioner Judy Dodge and Mike Brill

Carolyn and fellow Montgomery County Budget Commission members Auditor Karl Keith and Prosecutor Mathias Heck review the county budget

Carolyn and fellow Dayton Sister City Committee members and friends overlooking Sarajevo during a cookout with friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Carolyn and Mike hosted an exchange student (Maria) from Mexico through Rotary Youth Exchange in 2016/2017

Carolyn and family members Matt and Anna Rice, Owen and Zoe, Daughter Meredith and Nathan Williams and Wyatt and Evan