Supervisor Carole Groom is serving her final year on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Groom was elected to the Board in June 2010, served as president in 2011, 2015 and 2019. Prior to her appointment in 2009, she served nine years on the San Mateo City Council, including two terms as mayor, and on the San Mateo Planning and Public Works Commissions. Groom has worked on many boards and issues while serving in county government but will be especially remembered for her interest in supporting families and children. Since 2011, she has worked with the San Mateo County Office of Education and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to increase the reading proficiency of third graders countywide. This initiative, called The Big Lift, was formally launched in 2013 and sought to raise the reading proficiency of third grade students in San Mateo County from 58 percent to 80 percent by 2020 through key interventions including access to preschool, inspiring summer experiences, reducing chronic absenteeism and increasing family engagement from preschool to third grade.