Carol is founder and president of Caruso Public Affairs, a consulting firm specializing in advocacy, coalitions, and government affairs strategy.
Prior to founding the firm, Carol served for 14 years as Senior Vice President for Government Advocacy at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, where she led a team of staff professionals and consultants on several successful projects. Passage of state legislation that led to implementation of Mayor Frank Jackson’s Transformation Plan for the Cleveland Municipal School District was among her top achievements. Carol also led a community-based coalition that reversed a U.S. Department of Defense recommendation to close Cleveland’s Defense Finance Administration and Services offices in downtown Cleveland and served as the lead community advocate for NASA Glenn Research Center.
Working with other Chambers of Commerce, Carol co-chaired a team of Chamber professionals that published a widely acclaimed report that focused on improvements in state government (Redesigning Ohio: Transforming Ohio’s Government into a 21st Century Institution) and led a coalition that created the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition. She has been recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and the City of Cleveland for her accomplishments.
Carol remains active in the civic life of Northeast Ohio and serves as Chairman of the Cleveland Water Alliance and serves on the Board of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. She attended Ohio State University where she studied Political Science.