About Us

Moving Carson Forward Together

Carson Forward, a community-based organization led by local residents and businesses, was created to champion the City’s progress.  It serves as a steward and advocate for growth, city improvements, and an enhanced quality of life. Together, let’s move Carson Forward!


CF - Jerry Groomes

Jerry Groomes

Carson City Manager for over a decade, community leader and longtime resident. Known around town for his culinary skills, he and his wife also host an annual tamale-making party.


CF - Gil Smith

Gil Smith

A founder of the City of Carson, former Mayor and Councilmember, and longstanding civic leader.


CF - Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith

Retired as an executive with LA Biomed, President of Women & Philanthropy, and advocate for women in education.


CF - Dean Jones

Dean Jones

A 40-year Carson homeowner resident, working for a nonprofit organization that builds job opportunities to advance socioeconomic community development.


CF - David Gamboa

David Gamboa

Former Student Body President at CSUDH, currently serves as Government and Community Relations Director for the university. Newlywed!


CF - Eddie Jakubik

Eddie Jakubik

Director of Property Management at The Carson Companies for the past 14 years.  Enjoys an active lifestyle with his wife and four year-old daughter.


CF - Katie Pandolfo

Katie Pandolfo 

Member of the Carson business community for over 10 years.  Actively participates in multiple civic, philanthropic and educational committees throughout the city and surrounding areas.  Resides in the South Bay with her husband and two children and is passionate about promoting work-life balance and an active and healthy lifestyle.


CF - Cheryl Roberts

Cheryl Roberts

Specialty Leasing Manager at SouthBay Pavilion with over 20 years experience in the Shopping Center Industry. Former resident and former City commissioner with strong ties in the Carson community.


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Sweeney Montinola

Award-winning Marketing Director of SouthBay Pavilion in Carson, CA, Public Relations Commissioner for the City of Carson, Board Member of Carson Gardena YMCA, Officer of the Rotary Club, Carson Lion’s Club Member, Zumba Instructor. Sweeney Montinola has been an active member of the City of Carson community since 2010 and she has been an integral part of the positive changes of the SouthBay Pavilion Mall.


CF - Lori Perkins

Lorie Perkins

Commercial Real Estate Professional committed to making positive changes in the Carson community. The unofficial social chair of the Carson Child Guidance Golf Benefit.  Goes by the personal motto that it is better to always give more than you take.