Charlie brings more than a decade of experience successfully advancing his clients’ government relations and political goals in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Through his professional and volunteer engagement, Charlie has built extensive relationships within legislative and executive branches of state government as well as at the local level throughout the Commonwealth.
Since beginning his government affairs practice, Charlie has advanced a wide array interests for his clients in the halls of Virginia’s General Assembly and many of the state’s Boards and Commissions. He has lobbied and managed state politics for major Labor Unions, including the Service Employees International Union and its locals 32BJ and 512 and the Laborers International Union of North America. Through his advocacy for working people, Charlie helped secure a significant minimum wage increase for thousands of workers at National and Dulles airports and through work with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Administration helped secure the Commonwealth’s first state-incentivized Project Labor Agreement.
Charlie continues to represent major interests at the state and federal level including SEIU, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Dominion, Crown Castle, NARAL and America’s Health Insurance Plans, among others.
At the local level, Charlie has successfully managed communications, political, grassroots and direct lobbying campaigns for numerous developers, most notably for a local developer John Andrews and Green Energy Partners on a unanimous 2010 approval a 780-megawatt natural gas power plant in Loudoun County, Va., one of the nation’s fastest growing and wealthiest localities.
Charlie’s ties within the Democratic Party are deep. He served two terms as Chairman of the Democratic Party in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and as a member of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Steering Committee. He is the immediate past PAC Board Chairman for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. In 2015, Virginia’s left-of-center blog, “Blue Virginia,” named Charlie the biggest winner during the Democratic primary campaign, as he helped lead a coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups to primary victories across the Commonwealth.
Charlie began his career as a journalist and has worked at national, regional, and local media outlets, including a stop at “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” Charlie’s work as a reporter in Virginia won him accolades by the Virginia Press Association for outstanding investigative journalism.
Charlie is a native of Burnsville, Minn., and a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of his college newspaper “The UMD Statesman.” Charlie currently lives in Alexandria, VA.
For more than a decade, Chris has effectively offered public affairs, government relations strategy and issues management counsel to a broad range of corporate and nonprofit clients, including six annually ranked in the Top 15 of Fortune Magazine's "Top 100" Companies in America. In addition to his role at Jackson-West, Chris has spent the past eight years partnering with many of Washington D.C.'s top public affairs and lobbying firms as an outside consultant and field manager, where he has focused on coalition building, grasstops outreach, and local, state and federal government relations. These combined professional experiences have afforded him an insider's access to the secrets, skills, and expertise of some of America's top government and public relations consultants.
Chris possesses an innate understanding of legislative, regulatory and reputational challenges facing organizations in a variety of industries and at all three levels of government. His professional career is built on a unique foundation, that of having been appointed politically at the local, state and federal levels. This gives him an inimitable perspective on public policy and public affairs issues and allows him to apply this expertise to help clients navigate the halls of power. Formerly he served in the federal office of United States Senator George Allen, the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a Clerk for the Circuit Court of Virginia. Chris began his career volunteering and then being professionally hired on a wide variety of political campaigns ranging from local, state and statewide elections to federal elections for U.S. Senate and ultimately a role on Bush-Cheney 2004 in the crucial swing state of Florida.
Chris is very active in his Church, Rotary Club, and Masonic Lodge. He holds B.A. degree in Political Science with a minor in U.S. History from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.