Charles R. Smith


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Charles “Charlie” Smith is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), serving as the lead advocate for enhancing the use of small businesses to meet the Agency’s range of missions. 

During Charlie’s career in both the public and private sectors, he developed an appreciation for business management and program development. Prior to joining the DOE, Charlie worked over twenty years creating successful partnerships in legislative, financial, and community development initiatives. His experience forging successful government relationships with the business community has been one of his many noteworthy career accomplishments.

Charlie, a military veteran, received his commission from the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and served five years on active duty in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard a guided missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, VA. Amongst Charlie’s many Navy contributions was his recognized leadership of the ship’s anti-submarine warfare division during three overseas deployments.

After Charlie honorably concluded his military career, he moved to New Jersey, to work on a congressional staff and subsequently in various roles in three state government administrations. Over the next fifteen years, Charlie served as a Senior Advisor to the Office of New Jersey Governor, as the Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, and as a Director in the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Charlie was born in Massachusetts, and then was raised in upstate New York. He is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Princeton University.