Charles' BioCharles Carithers joined Cornerstone in January 2020 from the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he served as professional staff advising Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on various national security and intelligence matters.
Before joining the Committee, Charles spent 11 years in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), having served in various leadership capacities, including the associate deputy director of public affairs for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and a senior policy officer developing national level policies governing the IC within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Charles also served as a Brookings Institution legislative fellow with the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the Senate where he advised then Ranking Member Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Committee staff on matters related to foreign policy and national security.
Charles serves on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia Leadership Council, is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and a visiting fellow with the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He is the recipient of the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and Medal and the Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Award and Medal.
Charles is also the co-chair of Cornerstone’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and regularly speaks on the importance and necessity of diversity and inclusion in the national security arena to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Black Professionals in International Affairs, and STEM4US where he serves as an advisor.
He is a 2005 graduate of Morehouse College, a 2007 graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he teaches a graduate level course on Congress and U.S. national security policy.