Photo of First Lady Carla Markell with Governor Jack Markell

Carla Markell became First Lady of Delaware when her husband, Governor Jack Markell, was sworn into office on January 20, 2009. As First Lady, Mrs. Markell has focused on at-risk children and encouraging volunteerism in the First State. A mentor to several youth over the last decade, she personally has seen how the commitment of a caring adult can make a real difference in their lives. She believes that mentoring as well as an exposure to the arts and sports can transform the lives of young people.

Photo of First Lady Carla Markell

Mrs. Markell is a native of Newark, Delaware, where she and the future governor were high school classmates at Newark High School. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a major in human resources and early childhood education. Mrs. Markell's professional life was spent primarily in the area of corporate training and human resources. As First Lady, she has spent much of her time visiting agencies and companies throughout the state to meet with staff, volunteers, and members of the community.





Mrs. Markell helps to champion a “Week of Service” each April involving the Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, the State Office of Volunteerism, and members of the community. 

Since assuming the role of First Lady, Mrs. Markell has worked with Friends of Woodburn, Delaware Public Archives, and Winterthur Museum and Gardens in the ongoing process to renovate Delaware's Governor's Home, Woodburn. All of this was done with the help of private donations and extensive volunteer efforts. The First Lady and Governor Jack Markell have been married for 22 years. They have two children: Molly (20), now in college, and Michael (17), at the Charter School of Wilmington. They have a dog, Rue, a mixed-breed.

Watch Carla Markell's interviews with women making a difference.