Robert B Charles




  • 9/99 – Founded Direct Impact, L.L.C., President, strategic consulting and communications for non-profits and selected companies, focused on law enforcement, counter-narcotics, drug prevention, international security and Internet issues.
  • 1998 – 2001 – Professor, Harvard University Extension School, two classes Congressional Oversight and Internet Law. Teaching Excellence Award – 6/2000.
  • 5/95 – 9/99 – Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice (chaired by now-U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert); Chief Staffer (1997-1999), Speaker’s Task Force on Drugs. Extensive travel with Speaker Hastert in support of investigative oversight into counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, Force protection, including: Middle East, South and Central America, Europe. Clearances: TS and SCI.
  • 2/93 – 2/95 – commercial and criminal defense attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (also 2/91 – 5/92), including depositions, brief writing, arbitration, legal research, direct examinations. (10/88 – 2/91 at Kramer Levin, et al.).
  • 5/92 – 2/93 – The White House (President George H.W. Bush), Deputy Associate Director, Office of Policy Development (OPD).
  • 9/87 – 9/88 – Clerk, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Judge Robert R. Beezer. Extensive writing in criminal and constitutional law.
  • Summers 1981-83 – The White House (President Ronald Reagan), OPD.

Naval Reserve Duty

  • 7/99 – Completed Direct Commission Officer Training (expert pistol ribbon)
  • 10/99 – Completed Basic Reserve Training.
  • 11/99 – Assigned to Office of Chief of Naval Operations.


  • Dartmouth College, Highest Distinction in Government, Phi Beta Kappa, B.A. 1982
  • Oxford University, Keasbey Scholar (one of five in America), Politics, Philosophy & Economics, M.A., 1984.
  • Columbia University Law School, Patino Fellow (one of two), J.D., 1987
  • Georgetown University, 1998-present, enrolled in Ph.D. program, Government.

Personal Information

  • Married to Marina T. Charles; two children, Nicholas and Sophia.
  • Member of Greek Orthodox Church, two non-profit boards (drug prevention), Council on Foreign Relations (life member), British-American Project, Theodore Roosevelt Assn., Reagan-Bush Alumni Assn., Naval Institute, National Eagle Scout Assn.
  • Languages: German (rusty)
  • Hobbies: running, cycling, skiing, ice hockey, creative writing