Paul D. Charles is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation (NRCDC) in Houston, Texas. For more than ten years, he has led NRCDC in the development and redevelopment of affordable housing and commercial real estate projects.
Mr. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Technological Institute (now called the McCormick School of Engineering) at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a graduate of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, with a Master of Business Administration in General Management. Mr. Charles is a registered, licensed engineer in the State of California, where he worked as an engineer and a real estate consultant for a number of years. He has also held positions with large scale master-plan developers, as well as other community based organizations.
Mr. Charles is active in a number of civic, community and professional activities both locally and nationally. He is a member of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, where he has served as president of the Youth Council and sponsor to a host of youth auxiliaries and teaches Youth Bible Study and Sunday School. He is also Immediate-Past President of the Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, a member of Class XVIII of Leadership Houston, a board member of Scenic Houston, the Tuck Alumni Advisory Program, a member of the Community Advisory Board of Comerica Bank and BluePrint Houston, former Treasurer of the CDC Association of Greater Houston, President of the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, Assistant Treasurer of the National Congress for Community Economic Development (co-chair of the Budget and Finance Committee), a member of the Texas Department of Insurance’s Economic Development Roundtable, Chairman of the Third Ward Redevelopment Council, an Inner City Advisor for the Urban Land Institute, the Executive Committee for the Urban Land Institute Houston District Council. He is also a graduate of the “Advanced Practitioner Program” through the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He serves as a mentor and chaperone to the Leaders of Tomorrow (a mentoring program). He has also served as national treasurer of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Mr. Charles has received numerous civic awards among them, three times Outstanding Young Men of America, the Leadership Award from the American Legion and is listed in Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, exploring new food experiences (restaurants, cooking, etc.), photography, collecting art, professional sports, fixing an “old” house, nature, and learning.