Cari Templeton was appointed to the City of Palo Alto’s Planning & Transportation Commission in December 2018, where she will decide on matters affecting the City's growth. She is also active in politics, as a delegate to the California Democratic Party and was elected to the board of its Progressive Caucus. She also co-founded a local progressive club. As her club representative, she serves on the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee, where she serves on the endorsement committee and the by-laws review committee.

After over a decade at Google working on products such as Google Analytics, Doubleclick, and Nest, in 2017 Cari retired from technical program management to complete her master’s degree at Stanford, after which she dedicated herself to politics. In 2018, she graduated from Emerge California, the premier incubator program for current and future women candidates. Now, she works on state and local political campaigns in digital strategy helping elect progressive women.