meet carolyn bourdeaux


I’m proud to support Carolyn in her run for Congress. Her perspective and her willingness to work hard toward reasonable solutions will serve our community well.
— Congressman Hank Johnson

Carolyn has spent her entire career working on public policy solutions to improve people’s lives. As the founding director of Georgia State’s Center on State and Local Finance, she is an expert in tax policy, budgeting, and economic development. From 2007-2010, she served as director of the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, where she worked with people of both parties to bring fiscal stability to the state budget during the Great Recession. She was honored with Senate Resolution 1598 for significant service to Georgia.

Before coming to Georgia, Carolyn was a legislative aide to Senator Ron Wyden, where she advanced legislation to promote livable communities in the federal transportation bill. This legislation was the precursor to the Livable Communities Initiative in the Atlanta region that has helped fund the redevelopment of downtowns throughout the 7th District. Also while in Washington, Carolyn secured funding for Portland’s light rail system and went on to work on transportation policy in Los Angeles, where she received a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Southern California.

Carolyn  received degrees in history and economics from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Public Administration at Syracuse University, focusing on public finance. In 2003, she moved to Georgia State University to teach at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In 2013, she was elected to serve as chair of the National Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.

Carolyn believes that everyone deserves a shot at the American Dream. But to get there, we have to have a health care system that works for everyone at a reasonable cost and an education system that connects children to economic mobility. It means wages and salaries so all workers can provide for their families. And it means transit options so life doesn’t pass us by while commuting in stop-and-go traffic. She thinks it's time for all of us to step up and fight for the 7th District and our country.

Carolyn lives in Suwanee with her husband Jeff and 5-year-old son, Nathan. She is currently on leave from Georgia State University.