Carol Cervantes was born and raised in Salinas. At the age of 13 years old, she entered the Monterey County Juvenile Hall and began the cycle of incarceration. She became a teen mom at the age of 15 years old. After a mandated sentence to serve time at the Monterey County Youth Center, life-changing opportunities were made available to her. She took full advantage of those opportunities and began her career in the social work field working at The Salvation Army of Salinas Kid’s Café Program.
She has since worked for Shelter Outreach Plus, Housing Resource Center of Monterey County, Second Chance Youth Program and Natividad Medical Foundation. Carol has served on the Inmate Family Council advocating for families of the incarcerated at Salinas Valley State Prison. She volunteers with the Monterey County Juvenile Hall Ministries and currently serves as a foster parent. Carol is married and has two children. Her passion is working with gang-impacted youth and their families, spending time with her husband and children and visiting theme parks.