Associate Fellow, Inclusive Governance
Charles T. Moran - a native of Los Angeles - is a political & non-profit fundraising professional with 14 years of experience working on campaigns and initiatives from local races to presidential-level events. He works extensively on both coasts with clients of all sizes to develop and execute fundraising and public affairs programs.
Over the last 14 years, Moran has developed a reputation marked by progressive increases in responsibility and scope for the challenging fundraising landscape in America’s largest donor state. He began his career working with the California Republican Party before going into private consulting. Within the fundraising community, he is particularly noted for stewarding clients and donors from diverse ethnic & social backgrounds, tapping into new pools of funding and support for the changing face of the modern conservative movement. Over the last eight years, he regularly took the lead on fundraising efforts for various Republican statewide fundraising operations for Presidential, US Senate and California ballot initiatives. In the 2016 election cycle, he served as the statewide finance director for the John Cox for Governor campaign.
In addition to Charles' experience in fundraising, he has developed a well-rounded media & communications practice. In 2004 & 2008, Charles led the media operation for the California delegation to the GOP Convention in New York and Minneapolis, respectively. In 2008, Charles served as Press Secretary to the Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley's bid to win the Attorney General race against now-Sen. Kamala Harris. Following Senator McCain's defeat to President Obama, Charles stepped in to serve as the National Spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans, America's oldest and largest organization of LGBTQ Republicans and conservative allies for two years, as the face and voice of modern gay conservatives in the media. President Donald J. Trump's campaign tapped Charles to serve as the national LGBTQ surrogate in the 2016 presidential campaign and he was also selected as a Delegate to the GOP Convention in Cleveland from California's 44th Congressional District. Currently, Charles is a regular commentator on current events & public policy on several domestic and international cable news networks.
Charles earned a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from Pepperdine University in Malibu. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, winning a “40 under 40” award in 2017, and is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Charles is an Associate Fellow for Inclusive Governance at the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy in Washington, DC.