Jane Elder Strategies
About Us: Charlotte Frascona

Charlotte Frascona is a firm believer in the power of the written word to effect change. As a researcher, writer, and teacher with a broad interdisciplinary background, she's skilled at making connections among fields and using various modes of inquiry to gather and synthesize information.  She also enjoys working with small groups — facilitating discussion and enhancing learning.

For 11 years, Charlotte taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College, creating courses in modern literature, women's studies, and critical thinking and writing.  Subsequently, she held administrative and research positions at UW, where she focused on policy analysis, curriculum development, educational reform, and program evaluation.  She also served as an editor for the UW Press.  As a writer/anchor for community radio and a contributor to various newsletters, she's written articles for a broad spectrum of readers.  Currently a free-lance editor, she works with nonprofit organizations and academicians in the humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences to make writing clear and compelling. The threads unifying all her experiences are communication and analysis.  Her strengths lie in her ability to listen carefully, ask insightful questions, write effectively, and make sound judgments.

Charlotte earned a B.A. from Miami University, where she majored in psychology and English, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied modernist fiction and American studies and wrote a multidisciplinary dissertation.  This experience made her keenly aware of the importance of relationships and the way in which knowledge in one field sheds light on and enriches another.  In addition to her formal education, she has training in organizational learning, appreciative inquiry, and conflict mediation; she also spent a year as a member of UW's Leadership Institute.  Along with her love of literature, Charlotte has strong interests in bio-ethics, human rights, and progressive education.