Jane Carney is a retired corporate and business lawyer, having practiced in Inland Southern California for 33 years. Carney has lived in Riverside since 1977 and has been active in a wide variety of civic and community affairs.
She served for 12 years as a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, to which she was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in 2000. She currently serves on the boards of The James Irvine Foundation, the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, and the California Housing Foundation, as well as the advisory boards of the School of Public Policy of the University of California Riverside and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties.
Carney previously served as a trustee of the Riverside Community College District. She has served as chair or president of a number of organizations, including the Riverside County Bar Association, the Riverside Downtown Association, a social enterprise called Angel Wings Bakery, and the Monday Morning Group of Western Riverside County, which is a group of civic leaders.
She was instrumental in the successful effort to locate a federal district court in the Riverside/San Bernardino region. She has been recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, a Woman of Achievement by the Black Voice News, and a Woman of the Year by the California State Senate.
Carney's deceased husband was Francis Carney, a long-time professor of Political Science at the University of California Riverside. She is the mother of three children and the grandmother of three. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Carney received her law degree from the University of California Davis, where she was elected to Order of the Coif.