Charlie joined Friends of Ngong Road in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlie is a New Yorker raising his children in Minnesota. He is driven by the Jewish commandment of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. He has focused his efforts on improving the world for children, whether his own, his kids’ friends, Minnesotans, or students in Nairobi. He loves travel and making new friends.
Professionally, Charlie holds degrees in engineering and law. He spent a decade as a patent attorney for 3M and several years as a financial planner helping families eliminate debt and save for retirement. Over the past 15 years, Charlie has raised millions of dollars from individuals, corporations, and foundations, led major gift campaigns, and created planned giving programs in various development roles. He has helped many nonprofit businesses, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, The Nature Conservancy, and several human service organizations serve more people.
Charlie loves planning, setting high goals, fighting for the underdog, and travel; he often combines these goals in attending NY Mets baseball games.
He spoke with FoNR volunteer, Steve Kotvis to share more about himself, his hopes and dreams for Friends of Ngong Road, and his thoughts on how he can make a difference.