Friends, Family and Colleagues took time this last Sunday at Graceada Park to pay tribute to our beloved Carol Whiteside.  Her lasting legacy was shared by many who recalled fond stories that brought laughter and warm memories.  She was widely respected as the most important voice in the Central Valley.  Her life touched so many people in positive ways as she loved her community with her whole heart.

California Strategies mourns the loss of our dear friend and stalwart partner Carol Whiteside, who over the course of her career brilliantly served as Mayor of Modesto, Assistant Secretary of the California Resources Agency, and Founder of the Great Valley Center.

California Strategies was proud Carol joined the firm in 2009. Carol strengthened the firm’s Central Valley and statewide presence, given her experience and network of working relationships that Carol fostered throughout her life.

Carol served on numerous public policy making and advisory boards and commissions. Most recently, Carol served on the boards of the Public Policy Institute of California, the California Emerging Technology Fund, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  Carol enjoyed public policy making and possessed a mastery of governance which she applied on behalf of clients as well as the development of California Strategies’ existing governance structure.

Bob White, Chairman of California Strategies, remarked, “Carol was a brilliant manager, skilled public policy professional and widely respected as the most important voice in the Central Valley.  Governors sought her advice on several fronts including local government, environment and education.  Her creation of the Great Valley Center served as a model of regional public/private cooperative governance.”

Kristin Olsen, Partner and former California Assembly Republican Leader, said, “Carol was a friend and mentor, and my business partner at California Strategies who brought me into the firm.  I will always remember her smile and willingness to provide a listening ear and words of wisdom at any time – day or night.  Modesto, Stanislaus County, the Central Valley, the state of California, and countless elected officials are better off because of her leadership, mentorship, tenacity, and public service.

Carol was beloved at the firm and will be missed.  You may read more about Carol White’s life in this Modesto Bee Story:

Former Modesto Mayor Whiteside, champion of valley and thoughtful growth, dies at 78


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