Commissioner, Ramsey County, Minnesota
During her tenure, Carter has made juvenile justice a key focus, spearheading efforts to develop mentoring programs and provide jail alternatives for low-risk youth offenders. She also has been working on legislation to make sure that social workers assigned to families of youths in the corrections system are spending enough time with them. Carter is the chair of the Human Services and Education Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties; she’s also the president of the Association of Minnesota Counties.
The first African-American leader ever to serve on a county board in the state of Minnesota, Carter says her focus remains local and she has no interest in seeking a state or federal office. “I’m not interested in that. I want to continue to be a mentor to young people who can take this work forward once I retire.”
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