Charlie is the founder of Front Flip, a consulting firm focused on developing forward-thinking strategies for change agents. He was Communications Director with OneAmerica for several years and is grateful to continue supporting the OneAmerica family through strategic fundraising and communications.
Charlie received his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2007, focused on international human rights and China. He spent one summer studying Mandarin at Beijing University, where every morning he drank sweet coffee from a can while riding a bike he built out of a box through crowded, noisy streets to the beautiful 北京大学 campus. He also has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University from the days when reporters worked more frequently from phone books than the internet.
He did communications work with Human Rights in China, an international (and inspirational) 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. Charlie has worked on local, state, and national campaigns, losing several of them, but learning a lot along the way.
Charlie discovered Seattle after traveling across country for several months in a used Toyota that finally broke down on I-5 near Tacoma. 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, he plays music - mostly bossa beat, funk, hip hop, and soul - at special events for fun, dancing, and soul uplifting.
Follow his adventures on Twitter @cmcateer.