Charlotte Florance studies U.S. policy toward Africa and the Middle East, concentrating on economic freedom, democratic institutions, development and security cooperation, as a research associate in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.
Before joining Heritage in 2013, Florance was a research fellow responsible for international security and foreign policy issues on the federal financial management subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. On the staff of then-Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), her duties included research on post-conflict reconstruction in Libya and oversight investigations of the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation process and implementation of the Peace Corps Protection Act.
She previously worked in Voi, Kenya with a local Catholic Relief Services partner organization, St. Joseph Shelter of Hope, as a program development assistant. She concentrated on sustainable alternative livelihood projects for individuals who tested HIV-positive, under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program, or PEPFAR.
Florance also has been part of business enterprises that managed small-scale production projects in East Africa. She has spoken to Catholic service organizations in the U.S. and Kenya about the need for sustainable development in Africa. In addition to Kenya, she has lived and worked in the United Kingdom and traveled extensively to more than 30 countries on five continents, spending significant time in Colombia, Morocco and Turkey.
She holds a master of arts degree in conflict, security and development from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, graduating with the highest distinction. She received a bachelor of arts degree in international relations with a concentration in international security from the University of Southern California.
Florance currently resides in Washington, D.C.