Carol McGruder is experienced in the fields of tobacco control, transnational tobacco issues, public policy, social marketing, media advocacy, parent training, health education and community capacity building. She is a highly-respected trainer, presenter, community advocate and program designer with strong interpersonal skills. Ms. McGruder is a seasoned veteran of California’s tobacco control experience and has served as an advisor in many capacities, most recently as a founding member and co-chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC).
She also served as co-chair of the cessation track planning committee for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health Conference (NCTOH) 2009. Ms. McGruder was a planning committee member and presenter for the 2008 California Department of Public Health (CPDH) Tobacco Control Conference, “A Community Under Siege: The State of Black California and Tobacco Use.” She co-founded BlacksForProp86.org, a grassroots initiative that garnered national attention in its efforts to support the passage of California’s Proposition 86. In 2010, Ms. McGruder was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Engagement Award for her tobacco control work in San Francisco.
She is also a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award for community activism in tobacco control, and in 2007 she was the American Legacy Foundation national honoree for “Community Activist of the Year.” She has been recognized by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Berkeley City Council, and American Lung Association for her leadership in tobacco control and community activism