A New Orleans native and proud Democrat with over 20 years of experience effecting change through public policy, Carling Dinkler is ready to serve as the State Representative for District 91.
He first recognized a calling to public service as a young volunteer at the 1996 Democratic National Convention where President Bill Clinton’s words, “Opportunity for All,” would inspire and guide him throughout his career.
Carling has channeled his passion for public service to make New Orleans a better, stronger, more equitable place for all. A firm believer in helping others, he has taken numerous leadership and board roles in positive change-making organizations. These include the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Magnolia Community Services, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation. He also serves as an appointed Commissioner on the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission.
Carling experienced public policy making first-hand during his seven years in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Congressmen Chris John (D-LA) and John Tanner (D-TN). It was on Capitol Hill that Carling saw the intersection of legislation and its impact on communities, working successfully to help build coalitions, navigate the Congressional legislative process, and execute impactful policies related to tax, international trade, and the federal budget. He also worked with Rep. Tanner to write and introduce the “Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act,” legislation to remove partisanship from the process by which Congressional districts are drawn. While in Washington, Carling also served as President of the Louisiana State Society.
Responding to a strong desire to be an active part of New Orleans’ redevelopment, Carling leveraged these skills to advance impactful policies in the private sector. Currently, he serves as Vice President at Enhanced Capital, where he advocates nationwide for programs that encourage investment in low-income communities, small businesses, affordable housing, and restoration of historically significant buildings.
He attended Jesuit High School (go Blue Jays), serving as Junior and Senior Class President. Carling earned his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, where he was twice elected to a university-wide position in student government. While working full time, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Carling’s career experience, ability to connect with people, commitment to expanding opportunities for all, and hands-on leadership style have prepared him to fight for his community in the Louisiana House of Representatives. But most of all, it’s his role as a husband and father that drives him to contribute to New Orleans’ promising future.
Carling is married to Ayame Nagatani Dinkler, a healthcare executive. They are the proud parents of one-year old Ansley Yoshiye Dinkler. Together, they live in the Marlyville neighborhood in the Carrollton Area.