A descendant of the People of Chitactac and founder of the Confederation of Ohlone People. Charlene hails from San Jose, and is a textile artist, acrylic painter, trained mediator and legal professional. Her career and artwork is a reflection of a strong tie to this region of California, and incorporates both Ohlone and Mexican cultural influences. She is considered an Activist in the sense that she not only serves as a spokesperson for her tribe, but she uses her artwork to influence others and her ideas to help others through self-actualization, discovery of purpose and self-inspiration. Her goal is to help families and communities use their voice to solve challenging problems.