Charles holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a bachelor of fine arts in communications from Southern Methodist University. He has an extensive background in government and communications. He worked in the White House Office of Media Relations for President Ronald Reagan and as assistant director of the Office of Public Liaison for President George H. W. Bush before returning to Houston in 1991. After serving with the Harris County Judge, he was elected to the Office of District Clerk for four consecutive terms.
As Harris County District Clerk, Charles provided vision and leadership which transformed the agency to a results-oriented, customer-driven model of efficiency and effectiveness. He was a three time winner of a “County Best Practices” award from the Texas Association of Counties Leadership Council for innovation and leadership in county government. He also raised millions in private and foundation dollars towards a historic court documents project which preserved Harris County’s historic court records, some dating back to 1837 and the Republic of Texas.
He is currently serving as Vice President for Advancement at Houston Baptist University where oversees Alumni Relations, Church Relations, Advancement and University Communications.
Charles continues to serve the community through membership on the Board of the Boy Scouts, Sam Houston Area Council; serves on the Board of Neighborhood Centers Inc.; and was appointed by Governor Perry to the Department of Information Resources Board, State of Texas. He is also an active member of Second Baptist Church.
Charles and his wife, Jana Fay, have two children, Charles and Ellen.