With Representation For All 

The Reflective Democracy Campaign investigates and disrupts the demographics of power in the United States. Our data – America’s only comprehensive resource on the race and gender of candidates and elected officials – prove that white male “electability” is a myth, and that voters want women of all races and men of color to represent them. Our research and analysis shine a light on both the recent waves of victories by candidates who reflect the American people, and the structural barriers that still prevent a fair distribution of political power.

  • Working with The Center for Technology and Civic Life, we generate rigorously researched data on the demographics of American politics, sparking coast-to-coast headlines and activism.
  • Our databases, reports, infographic toolkit, and other resources are freely available to researchers, journalists, activists, and fellow funders.

We fund and spearhead innovative efforts to help women and people of color gain their fair share of seats at the table. Our Reflective Democracy Innovator grants support a wide range of organizing, activism, and capacity-building by leaders and organizations committed to changing the face of power.

  • Our activist grantees focus on building political power in local communities to disrupt the entrenched gatekeeper system and realize the potential of leaders who reflect their communities.
  • Our research grants have yielded break-through findings about the systemic barriers that maintain the status quo— and innovative strategies for dismantling them.

The Reflective Democracy Campaign was founded by the Women Donors Network in 2014 to pursue a democracy where all of us are reflected in the halls of power. Now we’re at the forefront of the growing movement for leaders who truly reflect the American people.

Meet Our Director

Brenda Choresi Carter has led the Reflective Democracy Campaign since its launch in 2014, directing its numerous initiatives and overall strategic direction. An organizer, strategic campaigner, and scholar of American culture and politics, Brenda previously served as an organizer and strategist in the labor movement, starting as a rank-and-file leader of the campaign to win union recognition by research and teaching assistants at Yale University. As special assistant to the president of UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality industry workers, she helped empower a workforce of mostly immigrants, people of color, and women. She graduated from Georgetown University and earned a PhD in American Studies from Yale University.  She 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.