UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: Caroline Menjivar

Caroline Menjivar, Master of Social Welfare, Policy Development

Caroline Menjivar is a Master of Social Welfare candidate at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, concentrating on a macro level through public leadership and policy development. She is passionate about gender equity that is inclusive of women of color as well as promoting and advancing them in public leadership. Her passion towards gender equity has led her down the path of policy development and implementation in regards to domestic violence as she sat on the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. Caroline wishes to continue this fight in establishing policy that further continues to protect this population.

Prior to starting her graduate studies, Caroline served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, holding a leadership role for more than four years training and overseeing logistical day to day tasks of military platoons. It was during her time in the military that her passion for running for public office ensued. During the last years of her military career she obtained a license as an Emergency Medical Technician which exposed her to the dire need for more resources in the mental health field as well as in the homeless community. She continues to be in the medical field and today helps manage an up-and-coming private ambulance company.

Caroline received the David Bohnett Fellowship for the academic year of 2017-2018. She will be working in the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles, in the Gender Equity Department, under the Office of Budget & Innovation. She is looking forward to work on initiatives and programs that promote gender equity in various areas of the city of Los Angeles.