Carol Schroeder Wold Recognized for Distinguished Career Serving Irvine
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Every community could use a Carol Schroeder Wold. Luckily for the residents and business community of Irvine, she chose to work in their city as it grew into one of the most diverse, well-educated, safest, and most economically vibrant communities in America.
“Carol’s contributions to our community are deeply woven into the fabric of Irvine,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “She has literally built many of the institutions and organizations that support the continued vitality of our community.”
One of those organizations is the Greater Irvine Chamber itself. Wold was its first executive director, joining the organization in 1979 when the city of Irvine was less than a decade old. She stayed with the Chamber until 1985, helping lay the foundation for one of the most influential organizations in the region and the most forward-thinking Chambers in the nation. For the past eleven years she has continued her involvement with the Chamber as a volunteer and board member.
“Carol has dedicated her career to making Irvine the best place to live, work, connect, and play in Southern California. We all owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude,” Starr said.
Wold was honored by the Chamber and the City of Irvine during Celebrate Irvine for her distinguished career serving Irvine communities.
Wold recently retired as vice president of public affairs for FivePoint Holdings, LLC, where she worked for nearly 13 years. She was responsible for the community outreach and communications programs for Great Park Neighborhoods, a master-planned community of nearly 3,000 residents located on the former Marine Corp Air Station El Toro, directly adjacent to the OC Great Park.
Prior to joining FivePoint, Wold spent 20 years working for The Irvine Company as an employee and a consultant, including as vice president of community affairs.
During her career, Wold was instrumental in helping create a sense of community in the Irvine neighborhoods of Shady Canyon, Turtle Ridge, Northpark, and Portola Springs for the Irvine Company, and, in recent years, Great Park Neighborhoods for FivePoint.
To help establish these communities and give them unique identities, Wold worked closely with homeowner associations, public schools, residents, city leaders, and special interest groups to clarify and resolve development related issues as these new neighborhoods began to take shape.
One of the things Irvine is renowned for is its schools. That was among Wold’s key areas of focus: partnering with the Irvine Unified School District and the Great Park Neighborhoods PTAs to build, maintain, and improve educational excellence in the community. Wold forged close connections with many nonprofits and other community organizations, including the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.
Wold also served as a role model to many throughout the Irvine business community.
“It’s been a pleasure to know Carol for the 11 years I’ve been with the Greater Irvine Chamber. I’m honored to call her my friend and mentor. Her guidance and council has encouraged me to pursue continued education, professional development, and to cultivate relationships in the business community,” said Jessica Welch, senior director of operations, Greater Irvine Chamber. “I wish her the best as she turns the page to this new chapter of her life.”
Source: Kedric Francis, Irvine Inspired
Top Photo: Carol Wold with Greater Irvine Chamber Director of Operations, Jessica Welch (right), and Events Coordinator, Kaitlynn Irvine (left),
Bottom Photo: Carol Wold with Craig Reem, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, City of Irvine
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