Charlie received his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2007. He spent one summer studying Mandarin at Beijing University, where every morning he drank sweet coffee from a can and rode a bike he built out of a box to class. He also has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University from the days when reporters worked from phone books more often than the internet.
He did communications work with Human Rights in China, an international NGO based in New York City that works to institutionalize human rights protections and expand civil society in mainland China. Before that, he was a legislative aide for a Seattle City Councilmember and has worked with non-profits and social justice campaigns in the Seattle area including the Children’s Alliance. Off and on, Charlie has worked on local, state, and national campaigns, losing many of them, but learning a lot along the way. Like why he doesn't want to run for office.
Charlie found Seattle after traveling across country for several months in a used Toyota that finally broke down on I-5. For the next few years he played drums in a hip hop band called Bakudan which means he also waited tables. As his alter ego DJ Spark, which involves wearing a hat, he plays music at special events for fun, dancing, and soul uplifting.
Follow him on Twitter @cmcateer.