Charly Carter

Charly Carter

Executive Director

For more than 30 years Charly Carter has been an effective force for change in Maryland and a fierce advocate for working families and communities of color across the nation. As Executive Director of Maryland Working Families, she was a leader in the fight to end wage discrimination, raise the minimum wage, give paid sick leave to 700,000 workers and expand childcare to thousands of low-income families. As part of ACLU of Maryland she led the campaign to win a record $1.2 billion to build 21st Century Schools for Baltimore’s school children.

In 2014 she launched the New Leader Boot Camp, a ground-breaking program that trains newly-elected legislators to work collaboratively as progressive caucuses. Four years later, she founded Step Up Maryland, an organization dedicated to transforming active citizens into progressive leaders.

A native of New York State, where she attended Cornell University she later became one of the first graduates of Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM). Charly calls Baltimore City her “hometown by choice” and is active in the communities that our institutions have left behind.