Charlie Toledo is of Towa descent, native to New Mexico. Since 1992 she has been the Executive Director of the Suscol Intertribal Council, a community-based organization located in Napa, California. She has extensive experience as public speaker, presenter, and community organizer in regional, statewide, national, and international forums. Since 1982 she has worked in alternative health care fields and has worked as a lay midwife for three years, assisting families in homebirths and policy work to legalize homebirth in state of California. Charlie has a background in mediation for individuals, families, and organizations. She has been an organic gardener since 1978. She has lifelong commitment to social justice and international work on human rights and environmental social justice issues.