Brenda Carter, Director Brenda 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. She lives in Connecticut.
Premal Dharia, Criminal Justice Fellow As a Campaign Fellow, Premal founded the Defender Impact Initiative, which works with public defenders in the larger movement to transform the criminal system. Premal was a public defender for nearly 15 years at the Public Defender Service in D.C., the Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, and the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was most recently the Director of Litigation at Civil Rights Corps. She graduated from Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Maia Ettinger, Strategic Communications Maia provides strategic consulting and content creation to the Campaign. A seasoned social change leader and expert communicator, Maia helped grow Working Assets/CREDO Mobile from fledgling socially-responsible business to a mission-driven powerhouse. A lawyer and C-suite advisor, Maia has held executive positions in marketing and consumer relations, and has supported consulting clients including GLSEN, Social Venture Network, Lambent Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, and Stuart Foundation. Author of numerous published articles and essays, Maia is based in Connecticut.
Tod Hill, Research and Strategy Tod offers strategic planning, management consulting, and communications direction to the Campaign. Tod’s leadership in the social change sector includes senior-level roles at Working Assets (now CREDO Mobile) and Tides Foundation. He has advised donors and designed funding initiatives on voter engagement, drug policy reform, and AIDS/HIV. Tod has invigorated fundraising and marketing for a wide range of organizations including the Women Donors Network, the Alexander Valley Film Society, and the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. Tod is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Asha Muralidharan, Research and Analysis Asha performs data research, analysis, and visualization. A graduate of McGill University, she enjoys diving into the data to see how, where, and why the demographics of elected officials are changing. She believes in the importance of gathering and analyzing demographic information at all levels of democracy so we can work towards a more reflective future. In her spare time, Asha loves to read, host board game nights, and enjoy the restaurant scene in New Haven, Connecticut.
Rebecca Thompson, Movement Partnerships Rebecca manages movement partnerships for the Campaign. A former candidate for State Representative in her hometown of Detroit, she got her start in politics at just 14 years old, and has since traveled the world training women, especially women of color, to run for elected office. Rebecca consults with numerous local, statewide, and national progressive organizations focusing on electoral politics, civic engagement, and increasing the number of women of color in politics.
Judith Warner, Journalism Fellow As a Campaign Fellow, Judith reports and writes on how a new progressive infrastructure is shaking up the world of political gatekeeping. She is a long-time journalist with a specialty in gender issues, work-family policy, American cultural history, and mental health. She is also the author or co-author of nine books, including the bestsellers Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, and Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, plus the multiple award-winning We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication. Her latest book is And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School.