Charles is the Executive Director of City Youth Now. Charles previously founded and served as CEO of Ubuntu Green a Sacramento-based non-profit that focused on addressing environmental and social justice, as well inspiring youth and community leadership and engagement. Charles previously worked for AARP in CA and Washington, DC as a policy advocate focusing on transportation, housing and environmental issues.
Charles has previously working on Capitol Hill in the offices of Senator Barbara Boxer, and Congressman Pete Visclosky. He has advocated for the social equity, transportation justice, and civil rights through work with Urban Habitat, the Surface Transportation Policy Project, and the NAACP. In addition he opened and directed the government affairs office in Washington, D.C. of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, supporting funding and educational and professional opportunities for students attending historically black universities. He brings considerable development, board, community engagement, and leadership experience to our team.
Charles received B.A. in Political Science from California State University: Long Beach and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the California State University Sacramento, Graduate School of Public Policy and Administration. Charles also attended the George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management, Howard University, and University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Mason is the father of two lovely children, Miles and Yemaya. He is active in running, yoga, gardening, reading, cycling, kayaking, and writing.