Charlotte Renfield-Miller serves as a program officer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
She originally joined IREX in 2014, working on the Africa-based activities of the Fellowship, particularly the annual Regional Conferences and Fellow-comprised Regional Advisory Board. After returning to IREX in March of 2018, Charlotte now oversees the Fellowship’s U.S.-based Professional Development Experiences, in which the Fellows participate in substantive work experiences at U.S. companies and organizations. She also contributes to the program’s partnerships and strategic communications, working closely with both stakeholders and Fellowship alumni.
Prior to IREX, Charlotte worked for South African education non-profit, Ubuntu Pathways, supporting its holistic approach to educating children in the townships of Port Elizabeth. She then taught English, science, and social studies at Green Hills Academy in Kigali, Rwanda. She has also consulted for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), collecting and analyzing data on violent incidences in Nigeria to update CFR's Nigeria Security Tracker. Most recently, Charlotte worked as a program officer at the International Republican Institute, managing governance and political inclusion programs in Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda.
For her junior year of high school, Charlotte lived in Viterbo, Italy and is proficient in Italian. She also lived in Rwanda for a year after graduating college, and has spent significant time during her professional career working in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda.
Charlotte is a current board member of a foundation focused on the nursing community and global women’s health. She previously served on the board of an education organization based in Rwanda. Charlotte received her BA in political science and African studies from Yale University in 2010 and a MALD in development economics and human security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2014.