Mrs. Charton is deeply committed to humanitarian and social causes, both as a working lawyer and as a passionate and active community volunteer and philanthropist. Her involvement with those in need started with her first job out of law school, when she joined the Orange County Counsel’s office to work in juvenile dependency court with children who had been removed from their homes. Mrs. Charton next worked for two years at a private law firm, but returned to public service at an Orange County public interest law center where she assisted the indigent, including helping terminally ill AIDS patients draft wills and guardianship agreements.
Mrs. Charton has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Poverty Law Center, Upper Newport Bay Conservancy, the Orange County Museum of Art, and H.O.M.E.S. (Helping Our Mentally Ill Experience Success). She was a member of the CSU Long Beach Department of Social Work Advisory Board, the Orange County Indigent Health Care Task Force, and the United Way Health Care Task Force.
Mrs. Charton is also deeply involved with TERI, a San Marcos non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families, and the San Pasqual Academy, the first residential education campus for foster youth in the nation. A native of Nebraska, Mrs. Charton graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Dance and performed and taught for five years before obtaining her J.D. at the University of San Diego School of Law.