Hello! I’m Charlotte.
I study American politics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. I also have a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School. My research explores how interest groups influence public policy and 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 Represent.Us, 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.
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 Represent.Us, 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 as communications chair.
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 Vox and Huffington Post.
Originally from the small, rural town of Weaverville, California, I now live in San Francisco with my husband, Louis, and our two cats, Coraline and Hobbes. Here they are as kittens: