Charlotte is a Senior Researcher at the Possibility Lab and the Director of Democracy Policy Initiatives at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. A trained political scientist, Charlotte researches how to expand democratic access and equity through public policy. She regularly advises organizations focused on improving election and voting laws and increasing civic participation. Her work has been published in top political science journals and featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and Vox.
Before entering academia, Charlotte held senior communications roles for organizations including for the nonpartisan political reform group RepresentUs and the international petition platform Change.org. Her first job was helping run her family’s independent, two-screen movie theater in the small rural town of Weaverville, California. (Would you like some real butter on your popcorn?)
Charlotte recently served as the vice president of the San Francisco Elections Commission, where she helped oversee local election administration. She currently serves on the Public Ethics Commission in Oakland, California, where lives with her husband, preschooler, baby, and two cats. In her spare time—well, let’s be real, she doesn’t really have any.