Charlotte and her husband, Paul, raised their two children, Rebecca and Nathan, in Bloomington after moving here in 1964. In 1971, Charlotte was elected to the city council in a historic election that saw the local government change from Republican to Democratic control. She eventually became the first female president of the city council and the Monroe County Board of Commissioners. She co-founded Goods for Cooks and held executive positions with the regional Planned Parenthood office, Monroe County United Way, and Middle Way House. Charlotte earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan.
Before becoming a local political powerhouse in Bloomington, Charlotte Zietlow and her husband, Paul, spent a year in Czechoslovakia as part of an educational exchange program. She says in her new memoir, “Minister’s Daughter: One Life, Many Lives,” with Michael G. Glab, that the experience proved American democracy was worth fighting for. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.