Yakima City Councilmember Carmen Méndez (District #3) was born in Yakima and raised in Colima, Mexico.
Carmen returned to Yakima in 2004 where she graduated from A.C. Davis High School in Yakima. She attended the University of Washington and Heritage University where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.
While at Heritage, Carmen served as Student Government Association President, a member of the Enactus Presentation Team, and was named to the “Who’s Who of American College and University Students” in 2013. Carmen also participated in a college service project traveling to Belize to teach rural villages how to repurpose plastic bags into marketable items to generate sustainable incomes for women.
Carmen has worked for Heritage University as a mentor for the College Assistant Migrant Program and for the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
Carmen currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Washington Cities, the board of trustees for ARCORA (the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington), and the board of directors of TVW, the statewide public affairs network.
Professionally, Carmen is the Central Washington Regional Director for Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization whose kindergarten through grade 12 programs, in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.