Appointed to the SJC Board of Directors last fall, Carol Manson has most recently been appointed as Vice President of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of the organization. As SJC seeks to expand operations, Carol, will oversee the Sacramento operations, working with SJC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Carolyne Swayze.
Originally from Berkeley, Carol started by playing violin in grammar school, then going on to sing in choirs at Berkeley High. After high school, Carol put away any thoughts of singing, getting a master’s degree in social work. She is a long time advocate for foster children and became a State official capping off a long and distinguished career as a Governor’s appointee.
As for her music, after first finding her voice as a singer, following a health challenge, she had to find it again, and find it again, she did. Leaving her comfort zone as a choir singer to shine as a soloist, she won the 9th Independent Music Award (IMA) VOX Pop Award for the single “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”
Other singing credits include being a part of the cast for the musical, Hallelujah City at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, and the Tower Theatre in Roseville. Carol was a key performer at the 2011 Legislative Back To Session Bash. She now has three CDs to her credits.
In her spare time, she manufactures handmade soaps under the trade name, Simon Sudz, named after her beloved, now departed Cocker Spaniel, Simon.