Carole Groom was elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2010, served as President of the Board in 2011 and 2015. Prior to Supervisor Groom’s appointment in 2009, she served nine years on the San Mateo City Council, including two terms as Mayor, and on the San Mateo Planning and Public Works Commissions.
Supervisor Groom’s legislative priorities include expanded access to quality preschool and literacy, improved access to healthcare for all, environmental protection, preservation of County’s parks, and growing the local economy. In December 2012, she was appointed to the California Coastal Commission by then California State Assembly Speaker, John Perez.
In 2009 she launched "Active San Mateo County," which convenes an annual Fall conference that explores the health and wellbeing of residents through planning, recreation, and policy, as well as the annual countywide event, “Streets Alive! Parks Alive!” In 2012, the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Directors Association honored her for her efforts with their "Champion of the Community" award.
Since 2011, she has worked with the San Mateo County Office of Education and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to increase the reading proficiency of third graders countywide. This initiative, called The Big Lift, was formally launched in 2013 and seeks to raise the reading proficiency of third grade students in San Mateo County from 58% to 80% by 2020 through key interventions including access to preschool, inspiring summer experiences, reducing chronic absenteeism and increasing family engagement from preschool to third grade.
In 2014, Supervisor Groom and Supervisor Dave Pine began the process of establishing Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), a community choice energy program to provide consumers with an option for more renewable energy sources. With the support of the Board of Supervisors and participation of all 20 San Mateo County cities, a feasibility study was completed in 2015 and, in 2016, the Joint Powers Authority was formally created to launch Peninsula Clean Energy. In 2017, PCE served over 288,000 residential and business accounts across San Mateo County.
Her professional experience includes 18 years as a Vice President of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the San Mateo Police Activities League and Leadership San Mateo/Foster City/Burlingame/Hillsborough. Supervisor Groom resides in the city of San Mateo.