Caroline Menjivar was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Prior to her graduate studies, Caroline served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years; for over four of those years, she held a leadership role training military platoons and overseeing their logistical day-to-day tasks. It was during her time in the military that her passion for local government developed. During the last years of her military career, she obtained a license as an Emergency Medical Technician, which exposed her to the dire need for more mental health resources, as well as for services and housing for people facing homelessness. She went on to manage an up-and-coming private ambulance company and to this day holds her license current. She received her Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA where she was also awarded the David Bohnett Fellowship to spend one year working on Mayor Garcetti's Gender Equity Team. Before coming back to the Mayor's Office, Caroline represented the Northeast San Fernando Valley as a Field Deputy for Councilwoman Nury Martinez. In her off time, she enjoys traveling to various countries around the world with her wife, as well as going camping and hiking with their two dogs, Woody and Winston.