Aquene Freechild is the Campaign Co-Director of Public Citizen's Democracy Is For People Campaign. She co-leads Public Citizen's work building a broad movement to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and to get big money out of politics. Freechild is responsible for Public Citizen's successful campaigns in Vermont, New Jersey, Illinois and Delaware formally calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and the current Washington state coalition ballot measure. In the years following the Citizens United ruling, she led Public Citizen's outreach effort building broad consensus amongst non-profits and membership organizations that a constitutional amendment is the necessary remedy for unbridled spending in elections.
Before joining Public Citizen, Freechild coordinated the DC office of a sustainable and start-up business trade group and led it’s constitutional amendment campaign. She co-coordinated the U.S. branch of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal for four years. She also worked for environmental health and justice for the Environmental Health Fund and Health Care Without Harm.
In her free time, Aquene enjoys yoga and biking and engages in affordable housing and anti-corruption advocacy in Washington, D.C. Freechild holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University and a B.A. in International Relations: Managing the Global Commons and French from University of Wisconsin-Madison