Charlie is the former president and CEO of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Save the Children Alliance, which implements programs totaling $1 billion for children in 120 countries. His first experience at Save the Children was as Vice-President of Programs in the 1970s.
He is currently an executive in residence at Middlebury College where he spends two weeks of every month on campus working with faculty, students, and staff. In this role, Charlie builds upon what students are learning in the classroom by offering connections to worldwide initiatives addressing global health, food and nutrition, economic development, and other challenges. This is done by infusing project-based learning into students’ overall education. Charlie participated in the January launch of the MCSE.
Charlie served as Board Chair of InterAction, the national association of over 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations from 2006 to 2009. He also serves as Co-Chair of both the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership, and is a Founding Board Member of Malaria No More. While CEO of World Learning (formerly the Experiment in International Living), he was Chair of the International Exchange Association, the national membership organization of America’s leading citizen exchange organizations. He was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Throughout his career, Charlie has served in many consultative and official roles. He sat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Food Security Advisory Committee, and was President of the Non-Governmental Committee on UNICEF. He was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the United States Delegation for the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children.
For four years Charlie worked as the Director of the Masters Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution. He earlier served as Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Charlie was an instructor of Latin American Politics at the University of New Hampshire Summer School and was a staff associate for the First National City Bank International Division in Caracas, Venezuela.
Charlie received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Columbia University and his BA from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He participated in a special three-summer program at the Harvard Business School on the Leadership of Global Non-Profit Organizations. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education by Middlebury College, and an honorary Doctor of Law by Clark University. He was made a member of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiolal by former King Hussein of Jordan.