Charles Hopkins serves as NNSA’s Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Emergency Operations. He is responsible for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Emergency Management Enterprise, Continuity Programs, and complex-wide Emergency Operations support.
Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Hopkins was general manager for Canadian Operations for Trident Maritime Systems, LLC, leading a team to design, engineer, manufacture, and install accommodation systems for commercial and naval ships in North America.
Upon leaving federal service in 2009, Mr. Hopkins helped start a small professional services company that provided resilience/continuity of operations/continuity of government program development subject matter expertise; and technical, design, and engineering support services to private clients and the federal government.
In 2007, Mr. Hopkins was nominated by the President, confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in as the Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He directed the department’s emergency management, security, and law enforcement programs to ensure that VA could continue to perform its mission essential functions under all circumstances.
Before joining VA, Mr. Hopkins was the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Director of the Office of National Security Coordination, which provided leadership for the Federal Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), and Contingency Communications programs.
Mr. Hopkins previously served in a number of leadership roles including Director of Emergency Programs and Physical Security for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where he was responsible for all matters related to IRS emergency management and preparedness, physical security, critical infrastructure protection and business resumption programs, and COOP/COG programs. Prior to the IRS, he served as Director of Emergency Programs and Chief of Staff/Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Management/Chief Financial Officer in the Department of the Treasury. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations and for directing the implementation of the Assistant Secretary's priorities and policies.
Mr. Hopkins began his career in the U.S. Navy, where he completed its Nuclear Power Program before serving in numerous submarine leadership roles for more than 29 years. He served in ever-increasing leadership positions in the operations, and lifecycle maintenance and modernization of U.S. Navy ships.
While serving in the U.S. Navy, he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Later he earned a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.