Carmen Lorentz spent the early part of her career working on foreign policy issues in Washington, DC, before getting her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in 2005. It was during her Master’s program that she became interested in state and local policy issues.
Carmen returned to her native New Hampshire in 2011 to serve as executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council. She was responsible for advancing the Council’s strategic goals of enhancing workforce development, retaining and attracting young talent, and supporting creative entrepreneurs.
In January 2014, Carmen was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve as the Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. Carmen was responsible for the division’s first-ever strategic plan, which resulted in new marketing initiatives for the state and new economic development services being offered to local communities and organizations.
In January 2017, Carmen assumed the role of Executive Director at Lakes Region Community Developers, a housing and community development non-profit based in Laconia with a $60 million real estate portfolio of affordable rental housing. Under Carmen’s leadership, LRCD is diversifying its real estate development activities to better serve the Lakes Region, including developing affordable starter homes, supportive housing, and affordable commercial space for local non-profits serving critical needs in the region. Carmen lives Belmont.