Charles A. Pillsbury is a mediator, lawyer, and community activist in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is the executive director of Community Mediation, Inc. He is the great-grandson of Charles Alfred Pillsbury, founder of the Pillsbury Company in 1872. He is also the source of the surname (and some perceived character traits) of the comic strip character Mike Doonesbury, created by Pillsbury's college roommate, Garry Trudeau.
Pillsbury was born on October 5, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his BA from Yale University in 1972 and his JD from Boston University School of Law in 1975. Pillsbury became actively involved in politics when he worked on the presidential campaign of Democrat Eugene McCarthy in 1968 in New Hampshire. This surprised some because his father, George, was a Republican state senator and was actively supporting Richard Nixon, and because his grandfather, Wheelock Whitney, Sr., had previously run against Eugene McCarthy for U.S. Senate in 1964.
Pillsbury is Co-Chair along with Alison Duncan of the Green Party's Dispute Resolution Committee.
Pillsbury ran for United States Congress as a Green Party candidate in Connecticut's 3rd congressional district in