Charles D. Brown II is an experimental quantum physicist, science communicator, and champion for Black Americans in STEM. Charles earned his B.S. with honors in physics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and his Ph.D. in physics at Yale University. He is now a postdoctoral scholar and Ford Foundation fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he is a member of the Ultracold Atomic Physics Group, where he investigates ultracold atoms trapped in optical lattices, which offers an avenue to study a rich variety of many-body quantum physics phenomena. Charles has a history of both empowering students - spanning the elementary through graduate levels - in pursuit of their STEM interests, and advocating for their inclusion and retention.