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Carol Randolph

  • Chief Operating Officer, DC Students Construction Trades Foundation (Ward 7) 
  • 16 years working to expand trade skills in District schools
  • Ward 4 Resident

Carol Randolph is a dedicated leader and advocate for strengthening education and economic opportunity for youth and adults in the District of Columbia. Carol is chief operating officer of the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, an accredited training sponsor serving the District since 2003. An attorney, writer, journalist, and certified conflict resolution mediator with skills and expertise in strategic planning and public affairs, Carol was instrumental in developing the public-private partnership which launched the Academy of Construction and Design in District of Columbia Public Schools in 2005. As board advisor, she helped the foundation attract a network of program partners who built, equipped, and opened the District’s first skilled trades classrooms in nearly three decades. These efforts generated new interest in career and technical education that led to the reopening of similar programs at Phelps and other schools in the District of Columbia.

As a co-founder of the Academy of Construction and Design, Carol guided the development of innovative programs that combine academic and technical studies with writing, career, and life skills to put high school graduates on paths to high demand jobs, apprenticeship, college, careers, and entrepreneurship in today’s building industry.

Growing up in a family of educators, Carol began her career as a biology teacher. She received her B.A. degree in biology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and her M.A. degree in science education from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She went on to earn her J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

A longtime Washington resident, Carol entered television broadcasting in the early 1980s as co-host of the morning talk show, “Harambee,” on CBS affiliate WDVM-TV. She later served as an anchorwoman and show host on Court TV. Prior to joining the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, Carol was senior vice president of legal affairs for Walls Communications, Inc., in Washington, D.C.