Hello! I’m Charlotte.
I’m a Ph.D. candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, where I also received my master’s degree. My research explores how structural reforms might improve American democracy.
I believe every American deserves an equal opportunity to influence policy outcomes. To that end, I sit on the national boards of FairVote, a leading election reform organization, and RepresentUs, a nationwide, bipartisan anti-corruption campaign. Both of these groups aim to help America’s policy process better serve the interests of all Americans, not just those of the wealthy and powerful. I also recently served on the San Francisco Elections Commission, which oversees local elections.
Before beginning my PhD program, I developed and managed policy and communications programs for multiple organizations, including global advocacy platform Change.org. During the 2016 election season, I ran communications for RepresentUs, bringing together conservatives and progressives to win multiple anti-corruption initiatives at the ballot. I was also a New Leaders Council fellow in 2011, later joining the NLC San Francisco Board of Directors.
I’ve received numerous awards for my academic and political efforts, including the Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship, the UC Berkeley Graduate Fellowship, and the Aspen Institute Socrates Program Scholarship. My writing on campaign finance and political reform has been published in outlets including The New York Times and Vox.
Originally from the small, rural town of Weaverville, California, I now live in Oakland with my husband, Louis, our daughter, Marie, and our two cats, Coraline and Hobbes. Here they are as kittens: