Charisma Troiano is a press secretary for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Prior to joining American Progress, she served as the press secretary for the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson in one of the largest prosecutors’ offices in the country. In that role, she worked to draft and implement policies and initiatives related to criminal justice reform, wrongful convictions, combatting gun violence, and restoring community relations with law enforcement. Troiano was also responsible for creating and executing comprehensive media and communications strategies on a wide range of topics regarding the duties, outreach, and accomplishments of the DA’s office. Her work has included placements in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Talking Points Memo, Mother Jones, CNN, MSNBC, the “13th” documentary, and more.

Previously, she was the legal editor for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper. In addition to print journalism, Troiano has also worked as a commentator on NBC’s “The Debrief with David Ushery” and as a host and producer of the live cable daily news show “BK Live.” She received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009 and bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 2006, where she was a Ford Scholar.