Carly Burns is a program associate on the Civic Engagement and Government’s US (CEG-US) team. She is responsible for supporting programs focused on reflective governance and structural democracy, with the goal of increasing representation and participation in the democratic systems in the US. 

Carly is an organizer and advocate with a background in cultivating effective grassroots movements committed to driving meaningful change. As the director of advocacy at Movement Labs, she led over 75 nonprofit partners annually through grant programs, bridging a gap at the intersection of tech and advocacy. She has been a member of the national organizing team at Everytown for Gun Safety, where she fostered the organization’s network of activists and deepened youth engagement. For many years prior, she worked on candidate and issue-based campaigns throughout the Bay Area and served as a board member of the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ+ Democratic Club.

Carly received her master’s degree in International Studies from the University of San Francisco, a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from The University of Oregon, and a certificate in International and Governmental Affairs from American University.