Charity Tooze is the current Senior Communications Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington DC. In that role, Charity provides strategic guidance on media relations; supports and advances national and international messaging, campaigns and policy goals and strategically implements public events using the arts. She provides guidance on thought leadership and assists staff in developing their capacity to engage and utilize various forms of media to advance key issues. Projects Charity has spearheaded have successfully garnered changes to national refugee and statelessness policies.
Charity serves as a spokesperson on domestic, Caribbean and international emergencies and speaks on behalf of UNHCR at conferences and universities on use, impact and strategy of storytelling in the humanitarian field. Charity brings a decade of experience in advocacy multimedia to UNHCR. Her strategies connect global humanitarian issues with local news, individuals and partnerships.
In addition to her role as communications officer, she develops and manages relationships with celebrity advocates to generate visibility and funds. Current relationships include developing and strategically managing the humanitarian outreach of Alek Wek, South Sudanese Supermodel; Khaled Hosseini, international best selling author; Guor Marial, Olympic athlete and Lady Antebellum, Grammy winning country music trio.
Previously, Charity was the producer of a six-part short documentary series for American Online’s (AOL) channel with Marlo Thomas about female civic leaders. She worked on the Child Farm Labor campaign with Human Rights Watch and was the executive producer for a documentary project about Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria. Her work from this project was published on CNN Anderson Cooper, PBS, Huffington Post and UNHCR.
Charity was the creator and executive producer for a television program by and for at risk young women. She also worked in the corporate world as a producer and project manager at a boutique information architecture firm, specializing in storytelling for trial, where she consulted primarily on cases related to intellectual property and securities. She has worked as an on-camera journalist and has produced numerous video projects for various organizations. Before her communications career, Charity was a holistic health professional working primarily with sexual abuse survivors.
Charity has granted interviews to:
- BBC World News, CNN domestic, The Diane Rehm Show, Huffington Post, PBS World news, VOA and numerous other publications.
- She has relationships with media professionals in most leading broadcast and print outlets in the U.S.
- Charity has traveled to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Bahamas, South Sudan, Kenya and Greece.
Charity holds a joint master’s degree in international affairs and journalism from New York University. She has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and multimedia from Mills College. Charity was a scholar for the Institute for Civic Leadership and the recipient of several grants. Charity has a three year certificate in holistic health.