The Honorable Carolyn McLaughlin is a native of Albany, N.Y. Carolyn earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y. and received a National Urban Fellowship which led to her earning a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City. Throughout her career, Carolyn has served in various leadership roles on numerous boards for non-profit organizations in the Capital Region. Carolyn’s personal mission statement is to “live each day demonstrating gratitude for what I have been given and what I have experienced. I do this by sharing my gifts with others and performing actions that serve to enhance the quality of life of individuals, children and families."
Carolyn has more than 28 years of experience in public service. After serving three terms as Second Ward Council Member, She was elected President of the Common Council in 2009. In January 2014 Carolyn began her second four-year term as the first African-American President of the Albany Common Council. Additionally, Carolyn served as Chair of the Albany County Democratic Committee from September 2014 to September 2016.
Carolyn recently retired after having serving the people of New York State for 29 years, most recently as Assistant Manager in the Human Resources Department of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS). At NYSTRS, Carolyn was responsible for staff training, development, recognition, and special projects. She is particularly proud of coordinating the first NYSTRS MWBE Investments Conference which attracted over 200 emerging minority and women investment managers and brokers. Prior to that assignment she served as an Assistant Manager for Budget and Planning for 7 years. This was preceded by 11 years working in the New York State Division of Budget. Prior to public service, Carolyn worked for 10 years as a research chemist in the areas of cosmetics development and nuclear weapons research.