Charles R. Smith

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Charlie Smith is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Since September 2017, he has led a senior-level acquisition and outreach staff focused on increasing small business engagement to effectively advance the Agency’s missions.

Under Charlie’s leadership, DOE has instituted a new Small Business First Policy, strengthening DOE’s internal and external advocacy with small business stakeholders.  He is an active member on several Agency Boards, including the Laboratory Operations Board, the Technology Transfer Policy Board, and the Executive Resources Board.

Charlie worked for over 13 years with JP Morgan Chase and with a range of other small businesses, establishing himself as one of the nation’s foremost experts in tax lien purchasing and financing transactions for local governments.

A military veteran, Charlie received his commission from the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.  He served five years on active duty in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard a guided missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, leading the ship’s anti-submarine warfare division during three overseas deployments.

After the military, Charlie moved to New Jersey, where he worked on a congressional staff and subsequently in various roles in three state government administrations serving as a Senior Advisor to the Office of New Jersey Governor, the Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, and as a Director in the New Jersey Department of Labor.

Born in Massachusetts, and raised in upstate New York, Charlie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Princeton University.