Family photo (top) by Cynthia August Images, 2020. Used with permission.
Image (bottom): Collins Cove, Salem MA, 2020, taken by the candidate.
It's nice to meet you...
Hi, I'm Caroline (she/her). Born and raised here, I’ve been serving Salem in one way or another since the Phoenix School had us all working the old Pioneer Village, in costume, in the early 80’s. From stomping down mussel shells on dirt paths at the Village, to connecting directly with constituents from a desk in Mayor Usovicz’s Office and beyond, working for the betterment of Salem has been a focus of my life.
I have always believed that to really live in, and be from somewhere, it's important to participate - know your neighbors, shop local, use your voice in conversations that affect the broad community. At 17 years old, I began my first job at The Salem Partnership at an exciting time for Salem. During my time at the Partnership, I'm proud to have supported the establishment of the Essex National Heritage Commission, Salem Main Streets, and the arrival of The Friendship.
After graduating from Salem State University with a bachelor of fine arts in theatre performance in 2004, I became a renter in Salem, living in the downtown. I went on to purchase our first home in 2008 on Bridge Street Neck. These days, my wife, Catherine, and I are raising our son here in Ward 2.
I was most recently the first executive director of the Woman’s Friend Society - a local organization that has been empowering women in Salem for 145 years. I serve as president of Salem’s preeminent preservation advocacy organization, Historic Salem, Inc. I have also recently been appointed to the City of Salem's Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board. I’m active in various city-wide endeavors and am a passionate, all-things Salem enthusiast.
I am not afraid to take on challenging issues, and I don't shy away from difficult conversations. I'm committed to being a strong and effective voice and to finding balance in representing all of Ward 2's residents.
It would be an honor and a privilege to represent the residents of Ward 2 on Salem’s City Council.