Carni Campbell is originally from San Clemente in Southern California and is now living in Washington D.C. to continue her education. She attends American University as a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science with a possible minor in Environmental Science. As a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program at AU, she is studying the intersection between public policy and gender and sexuality. Additionally, Carni is a contributing writer and photographer for the inaugural print magazine team for HerCampus AU. Carni is a part of the Zero Waste Club to pursue her passion for environmental issues. She is also involved in helping students struggling with reading proficiency by becoming a DC Reads tutor for Seaton Elementary School.

As a high school student, Carni was involved in a variety of clubs and organizations at San Clemente High School. She was the first president of Link Crew at SCHS, an organization dedicated to helping incoming freshmen to transition into high school. As president, Carni led┬áregular meetings both with the 90 members and with the subcommittee chairs. Additionally, she worked with the principal and other faculty members to present monthly at City Council meetings to update the representatives on the organization’s initiatives. As a freshman, she helped start a club, Visits of Love, which visited senior citizen homes around the community. She maintained the position of secretary for all four years of her high school career and the club continues to function at the school after she has graduated.

Activism has always been a major part in shaping who Carni is today. Her dedication to the environment drove her to join a movement to eliminate plastic water bottles in her school district. The campaign successfully replaced the vending machines and cafeterias with JUST bottles, a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bottles. In her senior year, she also organized her city for a school walkout and March for Our Lives. At her school’s walkout she worked with other students to publicize the event and provide attendees with posters. She began the seventeen minutes with a speech to her hundreds of classmates honoring the Parkland students and faculty and calling for action by Congress. Throughout high school and into her life in the nation’s capital, Carni has attended numerous marches and protests advocating for what she believes in.

As an intern for Mike Levin’s Campaign for Congress, Carni was able to see the democratic process first hand by working for her district’s House race (CA-49). This opportunity and experience reassured Carni of her hopes to dedicate her life to politics and government. Carni spent hours phone banking, organizing volunteers, attending campaign events, and knocking on doors to help her candidate win the primary elections.

To contact Carni, please email her at cc5572a@student.american.edu.