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Thurston County, Washington

Board of County Commissioners

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Term of Office

Carolina is serving her first term in office. Her current term expires in 2024.

About Carolina

Carolina Mejia was born in Progreso, Honduras.  She is the daughter to a Medical Doctor and a nonprofit advocate and educator.  Throughout her life, Carolina's parents have demonstrated the importance of caring and advocating for disadvantaged community members.  At the age of 11 years old, her family moved to a small rural community in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  

In 2013, Carolina graduated from Christian Brothers University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Pre-Law.  Shortly after graduating, she permanently relocated to Washington State to continue her post-secondary education.

While attending law school, Carolina worked at Bean, Porter, Hawkins LLC, a law firm that specialized in immigration and personal injury.  During her tenure at the law firm, she worked closely with clients, their families, and community partners as a law clerk.  After her promotion from law clerk to office manager, Carolina assisted in changes that brought the law firm's budget deficit to a surplus of revenue.  Since 2015, Carolina has been a Judicial Assistant with Thurston County Superior Court.

Like in the past, Carolina took to volunteering and advocacy in her new community here in the PNW. While her community changed from place to place over the years, Carolina has remained committed to serving diverse and underprivileged communities.

Carolina's education, personal experiences, and professional background have taught her valuable lessons that are instrumental in guiding her work.  She has a strong desire to serve our community and enhance its richness and diversity. 

In 2021, Carolina was elected to the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners. She was elected Chair in 2022 and continues to serve as the Chair in 2023. She is also a member of the Board of Health.

Carolina represents Thurston County on the following regional Boards and Committees:

  • Canvassing Board
  • DES Community Officials Roundtable
  • Finance Committee
  • Intercity Transit
  • Law Library Board
  • Mayor's Forum
  • Olympic Regional Clean Air Authority
  • Pacific Mountain Consortium
  • Thurston Thrives Elected Officials Council
  • Tourism Promotion Area
  • Transportation Policy Board
  • Washington State Association of Counties Legislative Steering Committee
  • Emergency Food & Shelter Program
  • County Road Administration Board
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Regional Housing Council