Caroline Gary Romano
Attorney in Arlington, Virginia
Caroline has extensive experience working with community service organizations that support survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In 2012, she founded Rally Against Rape and Sexual Assault – a grassroots, community-action project dedicated to combating sexual violence and raising awareness about the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in Northern Virginia.
Caroline is credited with organizing the first Northern Virginia Take Back The Night, which is now an annual event. Today, Rally Against Rape is supported by community members, businesses and organizations, anti-rape advocates, and political leaders who want to live and work in communities free from sexual assault, rape, and other forms of violence.
At the United States Department of the Interior, Caroline is the Chief of Staff for the Interior Business Center in the Office of the Secretary. She began her federal service career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and she has since has senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and at the Department of the Interior.
In 2015, Caroline graduated from the University of Virginia, Sorensen Institute’s flagship Political Leaders Program. This leadership development program is for residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service, whether as community leaders or as elected officials.
Caroline holds a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. While at Mercer, Caroline was the president of the Association of Women Law Students and was selected from more than 1,500 graduates of Mercer’s ten colleges and schools as the recipient of the Griffin B. Bell Award. The award is presented to one student each year for demonstrating outstanding public service. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Augusta State University.
Caroline has also served as an advocate with the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and as a clinic escort with the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force.