Carolyn Schnare is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores). In this role, she works with her team on partnerships and initiatives to help the convenience industry provide first-class choices in foods and products and serve as valuable members of their communities. Schnare is also a co-host on the weekly Convenience Matters Podcast. Schnare has worked for 14 years at NACS in a variety of roles from event production and management to membership. Prior to NACS, Schnare worked for several years in the U.S. House of Representatives. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Political Science.