Caroline Orzac Shoenberger is a practicing attorney, a retired government official and a retired college faculty member who started her own non-profit foundation in 2019, the Shoenberger Public Interest Law Foundation. Caroline also consults with several nonprofit community-based organizations. Caroline served as a member of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Cabinet as the Commissioner of Consumer Services for the City of Chicago for 15 years. During her tenure and with the strong leadership of Mayor Daley, the City of Chicago became one of the first cities to require cab companies to maintain wheelchair accessible taxicabs.
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Caroline held two supervisory positions in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Caroline also served in the Attorney General’s office as both an attorney and a Division Chief. For 15 year she was the Supervisory Attorney at the Pilsen Office of the Chicago Legal Clinic where she practiced Immigration law and hosted a monthly cable television program. Caroline also served as a full-time Faculty member at Harold Washington College where she taught Business Law, Marketing, Ethics and Management and also established a Legal Clinic at the College.
Caroline speaks French, Spanish and some Italian. She received her B.A. in French Area Studies from the University of Wisconsin, her M.A. in French from the University of Virginia, her M.B.A. from Loyola Graduate School of Business and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Caroline also completed a Mediation Certificate course from Northwestern University.