Carol K. Chen, Mayor
Updated August 14, 2015
Mayor Carol K. Chen was elected to the Cerritos City Council in June 2008, re-elected in March 2009, and served as Mayor of Cerritos from 2011 to 2012. She was re-elected to the Cerritos City Council again in 2013. She served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014 and became Mayor again in 2015. She is a member of the City Council's Budget/Finance, Performing Arts, Personnel, Business and Industry and Legislative committees. Mayor Chen is the Council's delegate to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee, the League of California Cities, Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19/Waste Management and the Southern California Association of Governments.
A proud Cerritos resident for more than 20 years, Mayor Chen has actively served on a variety of Cerritos commissions, committees and professional organizations. Mayor Chen is a member of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cerritos Optimist Club. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific Congressional Advisory Council of the 40th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Mayor Chen served on the Cerritos Planning Commission for seven years, including two terms as Chair and Vice Chair. She also served as the Vice Chair of the Cerritos Property Preservation Commission for two years, and was a member of the Community Safety Committee for four years.
Mayor Chen was a finalist for the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award in 2011 and 2012. She was recognized for her extensive municipal accomplishments and her efforts to encourage women to become active in civic leadership.
Mayor Chen's community involvement also includes her service from 1992 to 2002 to CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment), a non-profit community-based organization that educates Asian Americans about civic participation and political processes. She served as a Director and Founding Member of the organization. She also serves on the SCAG Community, Economic & Human Development Committee.
Mayor Chen's leadership of professional organizations includes serving as Director of the California Association of Realtors from 2002 to 2006. She also served as President of the Rancho Southeast Association of Realtors in 2004, and as the organization's Chair of the Local Government Relations and Political Affairs Committees in 1998 and 2006. Mayor Chen continues to be an active member of the Rancho Southeast Association of Realtors and the Executive Committee for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority. She is President of the League of California Cities Los Angeles Division Executive Board and Director of the Apartment Association of Southern Cities (2003 to Present). She was also President of the Official California Apartment Journal (2008).
Together with her husband, Tony Chen, she has owned and operated a Cerritos-based real estate investment and property management company since 1988. Mayor Chen has held a California Real Estate License since 1980 and is a Certified International Property Specialist. She and her husband have two daughters, Priscilla and Stephanie, and one grandson, Ian. Her daughters attended ABC Unified School District schools, including Cerritos Elementary School, Carmenita Middle School and Cerritos High School. They have since graduated from nationally acclaimed universities and hold promising professional careers.