Founder and Director of ReNForce
Charlotte Garnes launched ReNForce, a nonprofit organization that compliments the labor force by administering tailored training and coaching to businesses and organizations that are looking to employ justice-involved individuals within their workforce. Charlotte also manages and operates Innovative Staffing Solutions whose responsibility is to staff and employ the underutilized workforce of justice-involved individuals. She organized the Dignity LeadHERship Alliance (DLA) collective of directly impacted women successfully experienced with informing policy through lived expertise that advocates for marginalized women internationally.
Advocate, mentor, social change agent, and educator, Charlotte’s most recent endeavor is establishing and presenting her customized trainings and workshops focused on workforce development and successful re-integration for those formerly incarcerated or justice involved. It is her desire to assist individuals returning home from incarceration with more professional and wholesome opportunities to obtain employment, housing, and goals for self sufficiency. Through her vision, Charlotte intends to use her focus and passion to shift the community’s perception associated with mass incarceration. Through her personal experience, she works to change the stigma and prejudices surrounding formerly incarcerated and/or the directly impacted.
Charlotte Garnes volunteers with an array of organizations, stemming from United Way to From Prison to PhD. She is a 2020 Leading with Conviction Cohort Graduate of JustLeadership USA. She serves as a mentor to young women across the globe who are advocates for criminal justice, social and healthcare change. Charlotte currently sits on the RestoreHER US America, Formerly Incarcerated Union of Rhode Island, and the What’s Next Washington Boards. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in Columbia, SC. And in her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, writing and motivating others to be their best selves!