Jolien Caraballo has been a resident of Port St. Lucie for more than 25 years. Her passion for serving the public began early in life, sparked while attending local public schools and actively participating in student governments.
In particular, her experience in a high-school teen court program made an indelible impression -- and led to a lifelong interest in public affairs and government. Not long after, she landed an internship with the City of Port St. Lucie’s Community Relations Department, where she attained invaluable skills and knowledge into local government.
She has stayed involved in the City of Port St. Lucie ever since those early experiences. This involvement has given her inestimable insight into local government operations and helped her develop an appreciation for the work of the City Council. Caraballo’s eagerness to be in the know and make positive changes influenced her to volunteer in various political causes and campaigns while pursuing higher education at Indian River State College.
In November 2016 Caraballo took her passion to the next level by dedicating her time to serving the local community, citizens and small businesses – which she believes are the greatest assets that contribute to PSL’s attractive lifestyle.
Caraballo has seen significant changes to the city while residing here, including tremendous economic growth over the past two decades, but she still believes Port St. Lucie holds the secret to maintaining a “small town feel.”
Continuously engaged in the community, Caraballo also is an active member of the St. Lucie County Transportation Planning Organization and the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities. She is the Director of the PSL Historical Society and has served on the Keep PSL Beautiful committee.
Caraballo’s experience has helped her understand the needs of the city’s local business community and reinforces her focus toward business growth and expansion. Additionally, Caraballo looks forward to working on challenging issues and intends to assist the City with maintaining a balanced budget.
She has been married to her husband, Ben, more than 16 years. They have two children, Antonio and Anaiah. As a family, the Caraballo’s enjoy the staples of PSL -- spending their free time visiting local attractions such as the Botanical Gardens, the St. Lucie River, events at the Civic Center and watching the Mets play ball.
“I am not just a council member, I am your neighbor and I am honored to serve the people I love and the community I call home.”