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 board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, to which she was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in 2000. She also served for 12 years as a board member of The James Irvine Foundation, retiring from the board in 2017. She currently serves on the board of the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California and the advisory board of the School of Public Policy of the University of California Riverside.
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.