A leader with more than 20 years in the financial services, banking, and economic development sector. Charles will provide strategic direction for HOPE’s commercial credit and loan servicing teams supporting affordable housing, community facilities, small to medium business enterprise finance, and project finance improving economic mobility in underserved communities.
Before joining HOPE, Charles served as Vice President at the Illinois Finance Authority, where he oversaw a participation loan program, agriculture guaranty programs, a loan program supporting municipalities negatively impacted by rising gas prices, a newly created loan program supporting Police and Fire Fighter pension funds, and a DACA student loan program. Charles played an instrumental role in executing a $638 million Green Bond Issuance in December 2020 for the State of Illinois Revolving Loan Program, supporting project finance for clean water initiatives and wastewater projects. Charles’ experience includes Bank of America, Fifth Third Bank, HSBC, GE Capital, and board leadership with Veteran Business Project and Chicago Hope Academy’s Entrepreneurial Youth Experience.
Charles has earned a Masters of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.