Carol K. Chen, Councilmember
Updated March 14, 2013
Councilmember Carol Chen was elected to the Cerritos City Council in June 2008, re-elected in March 2009 and 2013, and served as mayor of Cerritos from 2011–2012. She is a member of the Business and Industry, Library and Performing Arts Committees. Councilmember Chen is the alternate to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and the first alternate to Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19/Waste Management. She is the Council's delegate to the Workforce Investment Board – Policy Board.
A proud Cerritos resident for more than 20 years, Councilmember Chen has actively served on a variety of Cerritos commissions, committees and professional organizations. Councilmember 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, Councilmember 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.
Councilmember 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.
Councilmember Chen’s leadership of professional organizations includes serving as Director of the California Association of Realtors from 2002–2006. 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. Councilmember Chen continues to be an active member of the Rancho Southeast Association of Realtors. She is also President of the Official California Apartment Journal (2008) and Director of the Apartment Association of Southern Cities (2003–Present).
Together with her husband, Tony Chen, she has owned and operated a Cerritos-based real estate investment and property management company since 1988. Councilmember 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. 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.