Charles grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of two architects. He was educated by Benedictine monks and studied philosophy and religion at NYU, where he focused his studies on ancient Indian philosophy.
After university, Charles spent five years as a tenant broker with Studley in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. In that position, he represented some of the nation’s premier law firms, non-profits, corporations, and government agencies in leasing, acquisition, and disposition of real estate. His clients included Accenture, GSA, NPR, WilmerHale, and The Washington Post.
Charles has since spent a year traveling throughout Europe and Asia and was living abroad in Istanbul, where he established his own business development firm, before moving back to the States. He is currently working with Fundrise to expand the impact of crowdfunding on real estate development financing.
Charles’ primary interests lie in urban development, public policy, architecture and urbanism, and creating a sustainable, culturally-diverse built environment for future generations.