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Charlotte is a staff attorney with Sustainable Economies Law Center. Her practice is focused on cultivating opportunities for worker-led business ownership as a means of building the economic resilience of immigrant communities.

Her interest in issues of development, inequality, and poverty stem in large part from her experiences growing up in the Philippines and as a first-generation immigrant to the United States. Prior to turning to the law, Charlotte was a management consultant in Washington, D.C., providing strategic advice to healthcare organizations and grassroots nonprofit organizations. She has also worked for the human rights group International Justice Mission, building partnerships with local organizations and civic groups in the Philippines to combat human trafficking and the exploitation of low-income women and children. During law school, Charlotte continued to maintain her work in the public interest. She clerked for a number of direct legal services organizations, including the East Bay Community Law Center and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in the Bay Area. 

Charlotte received her JD from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a  Public Interest Public Scholar and served on the board of Immigrants' Rights Coalition, Equal Justice Fund, and the Public Interest Community Liaisons. Charlotte enjoys running outdoors, camping under the stars, and breaking bread with friends and family. Her lifelong quest is to recreate her grandmother's garlic fried rice and adobo chicken dish. 

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  • Support: Cooperatives
  • Support: Resilient Communies Legal Cafe
  • Support: Policy

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