Dr. Carla Thornton
Dr. Carla Thornton is a City Councilmember in the city of Moreno Valley, CA. She also is an Assistant Professor at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. In this position she teaches graduate social work students in topics that focus on social management and leadership and social work policy. Prior to her current position she served as the Veteran’s Coordinator/Counselor at Crafton Hills College where she worked directly with veterans as they transitioned from the military to the academic environment.
Dr.Thornton served in the United States Air Force for twenty years and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. During her military service she was a logistician and a sexual assault victim advocate and deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Thornton was born in Culver City, Ca. and graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science. She also earned a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dr. Thornton received a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California and has focused her research on women veterans and economic development in the Inland Empire region.
Dr. Thornton dedicates her time to giving back to both her community. She previously served as a Governor appointee and Chairwoman of the California Department of Veterans Affairs Board and previously served as Chairwoman of both the Moreno Valley Traffic Commission and the Environmental and Historical Preservation board. She also is a Board of Director for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center and serves on the Athletics Board at UC Riverside.