Brenda Choresi Carter directs The Reflective Democracy Campaign, an initiative of the Women Donors Network. The campaign works to remove barriers keeping women and people of color from positions of elected leadership, and advocates for a political system that truly reflects the American electorate. Her work has been featured on MSNBC and in The New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Slate, Time, and NPR.
Trained as both an academic and an organizer, Brenda has been a rank-and-file leader of an organizing drive among her fellow teaching and research assistants at Yale University and a special assistant to the president and communications director at UNITE HERE. As a visiting faculty member at Brown University and the Wesleyan University Center for Prison Education, Brenda teachers courses on work, culture, and the economy. She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in English and Government from Georgetown University. A proud native of Minnesota, she lives in Connecticut.