Meet Charles: Jewish Administrative Coordinator of the Week!

by Allison Friedman / March 16, 2021

Charles Linton joins us as our (first-ever!) Administrative Coordinator. Hailing from LA and a fan of all things DC, we’re so excited to have him on the team.

Read our 1:1 interview to learn more about this indie-bookstore loving, aspiring furniture-building extraordinaire!

Allie: What led you to this role at GatherDC? What are you most excited about in regards to this position?

Charles: I actually hadn’t heard of GatherDC prior to applying for this role. I spent about 6 months in the District before the pandemic hit, so I didn’t really have time to find my Jewish niche in the city. But when I saw the job posting for an Administrative Coordinator and learned more about Gather, I was immediately drawn in. Our whole approach to community-building and connecting with Judaism on your own terms, along with our focus on young adults, really appeals to me.

I have a background in arts marketing and dramaturgy/literary management, both which involve some database and organizational work that I’m bringing to this position. I love thinking about how to make underlying systems more useful and efficient to support my colleagues and the work of my organization. I’m most excited that Gather’s direct work feels so connected to our mission, and to meet lots of other Jewish (and Jew-curious) folks in the DMV.

Allie: Describe your dream day from start to finish.

Charles: My dream day in the DMV would start with a run through Rock Creek Park. Then I would stop by one of our city’s many wonderful farmer’s markets or Call Your Mother for breakfast. After that I would meet up with one of my friends to read and write together in a coffee shop like Potter’s House or Soho Tea & Coffee and then wander over to browse one of our amazing local indie bookstores like Loyalty Books or Second Story and try not to buy too many books. In the evening, I would have some friends over for dinner and a game night—I love hosting.

Allie: I hear you like to read, what is your favorite book you’ve read this year – or ever?

Charles: My all-time favorite books are Neuromancer by William Gibson and Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel M. Lavery. My favorite book I’ve read this year is Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi; their writing is so breathtaking!

Allie: What do you do to relax for fun at the end of a long week?

Charles: Read, write letters, bake, and play board and tabletop roleplaying games with friends.

Allie: I know you are about to make the move back from LA to DC – what are you most looking forward to about living in DC and what are you going to miss the most about LA? 

Charles: I’m most looking forward to being back in the same orbit as my community (I went to school in Baltimore and made a lot of connections living in DC my first year after college) and getting to know the city better. There’s still so much to explore and so many people to meet. But I’m going to miss being near my family, and the incredible food scene—you can’t beat LA tacos, boba, or produce.

Allie: Do you have a Jewish role model? If so, who and why? 

Charles: My Jewish role model is my twin sister, Rachel. She is brilliant and extremely self-possessed. Her Judaism is very personal to her but also very community focused, so she inspires me to be introspective both and focus on what’s important to me personally as well as how I can uplift others.

Allie: What is the best—and worst—thing about being a twin?

Charles: The best part about being a twin is having a built-in best friend who isn’t afraid to push you and help you grow. (We’re in a writing workshop together and are each other’s most thoughtful and incisive critics.) The worst part about having a twin is that other people often stop thinking about the two of you as individuals as soon as they find out you have a twin.

Allie: If you could learn one new personal skill this year, what would it be and why?

Charles: I’d love to learn woodworking. I did props design and a little bit of theater set construction in college, but I would love to be able to actually build furniture.

Allie: When Jews of DC gather… 

Charles: …we challenge each other to be the best versions of ourselves.



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