The Reflective Democracy Campaign team assembles an amazing array of skills and talents in diverse fields including political organizing, communications, data analysis, journalism, and criminal justice.

Brenda Carter, Director

Leader of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, Brenda previously served as an organizer and strategist in the labor movement, starting as the rank-and-file leader of a graduate student strike 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. 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 is writing a book exploring representations of workers in contemporary American mass culture and has presented at conferences and institutes across the U.S. and internationally. A proud native of Minnesota, she lives in Connecticut.

Maia Ettinger, Strategic Advisor

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 $140M 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, Strategic Advisor

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.

Rebecca Thompson, Strategic Advisor

Rebecca manages grantee engagement 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 all races and men of color in politics.

Asha Muralidharan, Research and Project Associate

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.

Campaign Fellows

Premal Dharia, Criminal Justice Fellow

As Campaign Fellow, Premal founded the Defender Impact Initiative, which brings public defenders into the larger movement to transform the criminal system. Former Director of Litigation at Civil Rights Corps, Premal also served as a public defender at the Public Defender Service in D.C.; the Federal Public Defender in Baltimore; and the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2014, she was selected for a fellowship to help build out, train and supervise public defender offices in Palestine. Premal speaks and conducts trainings around the country. She graduated from Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Judith Warner, Journalism Fellow

Judith examines how the media frame and shape the national conversation about reflective democracy. A Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, she specializes in women’s leadership and work-family policy. A long-time contributor to the New York Times, she is 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, And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, will be published in May, 2020.