Charlotte Newman

Charlotte is a global business development leader in technology and an advocate for workplace equity, who works at the intersection of art, politics, and tech. Her career began in politics and policy; she served as an advisor for four members of Congress, including United States Senators Cory Booker and Chris Murphy. She draws on her experiences as an entrepreneur and an advisor on economic policy to lead a global team, as the Global Head of Underrepresented Founder Startup Business Development at Amazon Web Services.

Over the course of a career spanning nearly two decades, Charlotte has moved seamlessly between the private and public sectors. She previously led the financial services policy strategy for a multi-billion dollar business unit within Amazon Web Services. In this capacity, she developed and executed a financial services policy strategy in over ten key markets, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Prior to Amazon, as a senior economic policy advisor, Charlotte led Senator Cory Booker’s policy work on a range of economic issues including matters before the U.S. Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Charlotte has also advised three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including now Senator Chris Murphy, on entrepreneurship, financial services, and other economic policy issues. She also co-founded an online media platform and served as COO.

Charlotte founded the Scott-Newman collection to support artists of African descent and continue a family tradition around arts appreciation and stewardship. The collection encompasses figurative and abstract work. A fascination with artwork that draws on mythology, science, or literary narratives and artists who are exploring questions related to identity – race, gender, sexuality, etc. drives Charlotte’s collecting. Charlotte’s passion for art began under the tutelage of her godmother, Tina Dunkley, who is an Afro-Caribbean artist.

Charlotte is committed to building a global collection that includes artists who inspire her from around the world. Some of the artists in the Scott-Newman collection include Kwesi Botchway, Caitlin Cherry, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Alteronce Gumby, and Vaughn Spann.

In 2019, she shared her thoughts on collecting with Sugarcane Mag. In 2020, she was featured in the Wellesley College magazine and on the Passage Arts’ site discussing how and why she collects. In 2021, she was highlighted by Artsy as one of the 16 Black art collectors shaping the future of the art market. Most recently, she reflected on one of her favorite acquisitions from 2022 for Sugarcane Magazine and her art mentor for Gallerie 88.

In 2021, Charlotte served as a jurist for the Yaa Asantewaa art prize, the first prize in Africa for women artists. She is a member of the Tate Museum’s African Art Acquisition Committee and the Steering Committee for the Contemporaries program at the Phillips Collection museum, which advises the museum on programs for young members and art acquisitions.

Charlotte holds a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is also a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.