The Goldwater Institute
Starlee Rhoades Coleman has 15 years of experience turning public policy ideas into laws. Through strategic public affairs and PR campaigns, grassroots engagement, and coalition development, Starlee has contributed to the passage of dozens of bills in state legislatures, Congress, and at the ballot box.
Starlee was most recently the vice president of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she developed public relations and marketing campaigns to pass laws in states without charter schools, strengthen laws in states where they are weak, and tell the positive story of charter schools through the national media. Before that, she spent eight years at the Goldwater Institute where she ensured that Goldwater’s policy recommendations crossed the finish line, whether the finish line ended at a Governor’s desk, city hall, on an election ballot, or in the courtroom. Her work at Goldwater earned a Templeton Freedom Award for Best Initiative in Public Relations in 2008. Starlee has also worked on numerous issue and candidate campaigns, and for a top public affairs firm in Washington, D.C.
Starlee has done more than 100 media interviews, including a weekly appearance on the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, Ariz., where she debated current affairs with a leading elected official. She has appeared on nationally-syndicated radio and TV programs, including Fox Business Channel’s Stossel, Wall Street Journal Live, and the Lars Larson Show. Starlee has delivered dozens of speeches on current affairs to civic groups and presented at several conferences on effective communications and marketing strategies, and on crisis communications.
Starlee lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.