About First Lady Carol Mead
Carol Mead became Wyoming’s First Lady on January 3, 2011 when her husband Matt Mead was sworn in as Governor. Carol attended the University of Wyoming where she graduated in 1987 with two Bachelor of Science degrees.
After receiving her degrees from UW, Carol worked in preventative medicine, in the pharmaceutical field, and in real estate. She remains an active partner in the operation of Mead Land and Livestock, a family ranching and farming operation, and other family business interests. She has also worked as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), advocating for children who are victims of domestic abuse and neglect, and helped with other related community fundraisers.
Recently, the First Lady has completed work on the historic renovation of two buildings which are currently on the National Historic Registry. The renovation of one of these, the Tivoli Building in downtown Cheyenne, was completed in 2010 and has been awarded the LeClerq Jones historic preservation award.
Mrs. Mead is also an active mother to their two children, Mary, who is 15 years old, and Pete, who is 13.
First Lady's Initiative: Children's Issues
The First Lady has chosen children’s issues as a primary area of focus. She and Governor Mead believe that children are Wyoming’s greatest asset. To that end, her work is aimed at, promoting healthy lifestyles among our youth to make sure they grow up healthy, happy, and safe. Specifically, the First Lady is working to promote literacy among children and their families. She has partnered with the University of Wyoming in its efforts to establish a statewide literacy clinic and research center. She has also partnered with the State Library System, GE, Raising Readers, Read Across America, We Read, and Scholastic Books, among others, to encourage families to make reading at home a priority.
The First Lady is also working to promote and encourage art among Wyoming’s young people. She and Governor Mead are currently displaying 15 pieces of art at the Residence as part of a new program the First Lady has initiated called the First Lady’s Young Artist Showcase.
In addition to promoting literacy and creativity through art, Mrs. Mead is involved in encouraging healthy lifestyles for Wyoming’s children through the promotion of a Family Night each fall, participation in the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, and as a participant in the ENGAGE program sponsored by The Leadership to Keep Kids Alcohol Free Foundation. She is also spokesperson for the media campaign, Talk Early and Often, which encourages parents to talk to their kids regularly about the dangers of alcohol. Additionally, she is also raising money for the University of Wyoming's Wyoming Remember the Eight Endowment, which will fund programs around the state to prevent underage drinking and promote responsible alcohol use among young people of legal age.