We are a locally rooted, nationally and globally connected learning community.

Our Team

Founder & Executive Director


Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, author and a leading organizer in today’s Black liberation movement. Charlene is a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow and founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, a locally rooted and nationally connected learning community for political education, grassroots organizing, language and strategic communications capacity building.

As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

Charlene is a Black queer feminist with over a dozen years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work, Charlene applies her political commitments and expertise through intellectual, cultural and grassroots organizing labor across today’s movements for collective liberation.  She was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in The Root 100, one of Ebony Magazine’s “Woke 100,” an Emerging Power Player in Chicago Magazine and is the 2017 recipient of the YWCA’s Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award.

A believer in telling more complete stories about the Black Radical Tradition, Charlene provides critical analysis, political education and leadership development training for activists across the globe. Major media outlets from BBC and MSNBC to legacy Black media institutions including Ebony Magazine and Essence Magazine have highlighted her work and perspective on current events and issues impacting marginalized communities.

Charlene is author of the bestselling book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

Administrative & Program Assistant


For the past 6 years, Tyler Stratton has served as a youth advocate and nonprofit professional. She has worked to create opportunities and champion for young people across Chicago through her work with various organizations across the city including City Year Chicago, Public Allies, One Summer Chicago, After School Matters and EPIC Academy. Additionally, Tyler studied Sociology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Critical Ethnic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Tyler currently serves as the Administrative and Program Assistant for the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, where she will manage administrative tasks as well as support with programmatic needs and event planning.

Tyler was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, and in her free time, enjoys traveling, reading Black literature, exploring Chicago’s history, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Our movement education & facilitation team includes highly-experienced and dedicated organizers across social justice movements (namely racial, gender, economic, im/migrant and LGBTQ+ justice) who love and are dedicated to leadership development and capacity building.

We’ve respectively built national and local membership bases, shifted national and international narratives through strategic communications, fostered movement relationships across borders and are consistently at the forefront of winning transformative change within our communities. Email us at info@wearecclt.org if you’re interested in working with our team.


Movement Education & Facilitation Advisory Team

  • Carmen Berkley, Civitas Public Affairs 
  • Vero Castro, Mijente
  • Fresco Steez, BYP100, Culture Society
  • Chinyere Tutashinda, BlackOUTCollective 
  • Tanya Watkins, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)
  • KeronBlair, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS)
  • Rey Wences, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD)
  • Charlene Carruthers, CCLT Founder and Executive Director

What We Believe In

We believe in building strong leaders who have the knowledge, skills and relationships we all need to transform the world. 


We value curiosity, principled struggle, connection and love for all oppressed people. 


We are committed to supporting Black, Brown, AAPI and Indigenous people working to create a world free of capitalism, anti-Blackness, white supremacy and patriarchy.