Commissioner: Carolyn Rice
Phone: (937) 225-4912
Carolyn Rice was elected Commissioner of Montgomery County in November 2018 and assumed office on January 2, 2019. With her swearing-in, the Montgomery County Commission became an all-female Commission for the first time in Montgomery County history and only the second time in Ohio history. Carolyn previously served as Montgomery County Treasurer from February 2007 through December 2018.
As Commissioner, Carolyn Rice has focused on issues including birth-to-age-3 child development, homeless solutions, youth internships and work-based learning, drug abuse prevention, criminal justice, international economic development, and resiliency by responding to emergencies ranging from tornadoes to the coronavirus. She is a champion of Montgomery County’s participation in the Governor’s Imagination Library that mails free books to children birth to age 5. The County program enrolled more than 11,000 County children in its first year.
Carolyn has served as the Chair of the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, better known as the Montgomery County Land Bank, since it was created in 2011. As a Commissioner, she also serves on the boards of the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, the Community Improvement Corporation, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District Board. In addition, she serves on the County’s Data Processing Board, Investment Advisory Committee, and Planning Commission. She also serves on the County Commission Association of Ohio’s Investment Committee and as Vice Chair of the Human Services Committee. She was recently named to Ohio’s state-wide advisory board for the expansion of Infant Toddler Courts.
Prior to her service as an elected official, Carolyn worked 17 years in the private sector for a variety of organizations including Reynolds & Reynolds, LexisNexis, Dames & Moore, and Wright State University.
Carolyn is active in the community and has served on the boards of the Rotary Club of Dayton, Dayton Council on World Affairs, Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, and the Dayton Sister City Committee.
Carolyn has twice been recognized as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s Power 50 (50 most influential women in the region), and as a 2016 Peace Hero through the Dayton International Peace Museum. Carolyn has been active in many community activities, particularly with a focus on youth. She and her husband have hosted numerous international guests in their home through various exchange programs and was a College Promise mentor for a Carroll High School student from August 2013 through May 2017.
Carolyn is a native of Dayton and received her BS in Education from Miami University of Ohio and her MBA from Wright State University. She was an elementary school teacher working with students with special needs early in her career. She completed the Genesee Institute’s Community Land Reform Initiatives executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2009.
Carolyn has been married to her husband Mike for more than 45 years and has two grown children, four young grandchildren, and a rescue dog.