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Meet Charlie

Empathetic Leadership for Oakland County

Charlie was born on a farm in Manchester, Michigan. At 16 he was adopted. Charlie graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. Charlie then attended Wayne State University on an Athletic Scholarship for Track and Field, and graduated with a bachelors in Social Work.

Charlie at work in Uganda

While at Wayne State, Charlie founded an innovative non-profit called the Pay it Forward Initiative, which reinvented the way job training programs are administered. After stepping back from a direct role in the organization, Charlie attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, earning a Masters degree in Social Work on a Fellowship. Upon completing his Masters, Charlie worked internationally in community development. In Southeast India, Charlie helped expand a small business incubator. In Uganda, he helped grow an environmentally sustainable business focused on providing financial empowerment to working women. In Egypt, Charlie consulted on a rural employment program.

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When he returned home to Detroit, Charlie brought his experience to New Detroit, a nonprofit focused on racial justice. During this time, he also worked on economic policy with the City of Detroit. Charlie currently works in administration at a nonprofit. He lives in Ferndale with his fiancé Caitie, and is proud to represent the 18th District on the Oakland County Commission.

Charlie and Caitie

You can find Charlie's Official Website here

Charlie running at Wayne State University
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