Carol Gieg grew up in New York and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Dartmouth College, then worked as the assistant manager of a North Face store and tutored individual students while going to graduate school. She earned a Master's degree in Social Welfare and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
During her 30+ years of working as a licensed clinical social worker, she held a number of different positions. These included: Psychotherapist in private practice, Case Manager with developmentally disabled clients and their families, Child Therapist in Alameda County working with abused and battered children, and as a Behavioral Medicine Specialist and Subchief in Santa Rosa, California. She is retired and now lives in Benicia, California with her husband, Luis.