Charlene Carruthers is a Chicago based writer, organizer and foodie. She has worked extensively to promote social justice and build leadership on local and national levels. Her passion for working with young leaders to build capacity and leadership has led her to work with and train youth and women of color across the country. She hold expertise in Black and youth political participation, civic engagement and digital engagement strategies. Charlene currently serves as the Director of Online Engagement at National People’s Action. She has worked for national progressive organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law and the Women’s Media Center and ColorOfChange.org. Charlene earned a B.A. in History & International Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.