Charles “Charlie” Smith

director, office of small and disadvantaged business utilization (OSDBU)

u.S. department of energy (DOE)

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.

Prior to joining the DOE, Charlie worked 13 years with the investment bank JP Morgan Chase, as well as with smaller companies, establishing himself as one of the nation’s foremost experts in tax lien purchasing and financing transactions for local governments.

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 where he led the ship’s anti-submarine warfare division during three overseas deployments.

After concluding his military career, Charlie moved to New Jersey, where he worked 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 was raised in upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Princeton University.