Charles Badger is a political strategist and writer. Currently, he works for Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee, on the senior executive leadership staff of the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), as the Governor’s Liaison to the state legislature. In this role, Charles works on issues he’s passionate about: criminal justice sentencing reform, alternatives to incarceration, reducing recidivism, and moving to a restorative model of justice.
Prior to this, Charles served as Coalitions Director on Gov. Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign. In that role, Charles directed the campaign’s engagement with diverse constituencies, including gun-owners, law enforcement, farmers & ranchers, and communities of color. In the general election, Charles was Senior Advisor to the Republicans for Clinton super-PAC R4C16, which was responsible for the “Don’t Grope, Vote” ad campaign, and the “Trump Traders” smart phone app which switched more than 40,000 swing state voters from third party to Secretary Clinton.
Before 2016, Charles was Director of Legislative Affairs for the State of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (NJ-DCA). He oversaw a broad policy portfolio which included: fair and affordable housing, Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), and Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs).
Charles has provided political commentary for The New York Times, USA Today, ABC, NPR, Mother Jones, Buzzfeed and written for The Baltimore Sun, BET.com, The Root, and is a contributing writer to the Center for American Progress’ (CAP) Talk Poverty blog, and CAP’s “Project 2050” on race and justice.