The Reflective Democracy Campaign investigates and confronts the demographics of power in the United States. Our research and analysis explore how far we’ve come – and how far we have to go – in achieving a democracy whose leaders reflect all of America, and we fund and spearhead innovative models for transforming a political system that’s been hard-wired to exclude women and people of color.
We generate rigorously researched data on the demographics of American politics from city councils to Congress, sparking coast-to-coast headlines and activism. Our data – the nation’s only comprehensive resource on the race and gender of candidates and elected officials –consistently debunk biases and assumptions. We proved white male “electability” is a myth, and our public opinion research confirmed that majorities of voters want more women and people of color in office.
We catalyze nationwide activism to transform how elections are funded and structured, and engage with political gatekeepers to reshape how candidates are recruited, endorsed, and supported. Our activist grantees are building political power in local communities to promote leadership and policies that center underrepresented constituencies.
Brenda Choresi Carter has led the Reflective Democracy Campaign since its inception in 2014, building it into a nationally recognized catalyst for change.
A strategic campaigner and expert in American culture and politics, Brenda previously served as an organizer and strategist in the labor movement, where she led organizing, electoral, and legislative campaigns. She graduated from Georgetown University and earned a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. Brenda has taught at Brown University and the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, and has presented at conferences and institutes across the U.S. and internationally.