Charles earned his BS degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He has been on advisory boards for SUNY Albany, Pace University, University of Arizona and the NJ Institute of Technology. Was past board member on United Way of Silicon Valley (chaired allocation committee), United Way of Southern Arizona, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Is current board member of The Guidance Center of Westchester, past Vice Chair.
outstanding contributions in their field and Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum. 2012 NOGLSTP GLBT Engineer Award for Charles was honored by Forbes magazine as one of the Gay Financial Network 25 for his effectiveness in shaping a diversity-friendly climate at work, he received the Harvey Milk Alumni Award from University at Albany, received the Computing Research Association’s 2011 Nico Habermann Award for outstanding contributions to the computing research community. He was the recipient of the 2012 NOGLSTP GLBT Engineer Award for outstanding contributions in their field and Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum.
Professionally, Charles spent the majority of his career with IBM, holding various senior executive leadership roles. He was IBM Senior Executive of California and Arizona representing IBM interests in the states. As a leader and visionary in computing, most non-technical people would recognize and relate to his leadership of Watson, IBM’s cognitive technology that enhances the relationship between humans and the computer.
At the time of his retirement, Charles held the post of Corporate Vice President of Global Software Research. Charles now lives with his spouse, Ray, in San Diego, CA.