Charles Dukes
Charles DukesSenior Policy Director & Director, Center for Education

Charles Dukes is a distinguished education leader, excelling in team development, grant initiatives, and operational efficiency. As a Senior Program Officer at Wend Collective, he led a $7 million annual grant strategy, emphasizing funding for minority-led non-profits. His commitment to social and racial justice is evident in internal initiatives and key partnerships with philanthropic entities.

In roles at the City of Denver and Denver Public Schools, Charles addressed educational policies, fostering collaborative networks, and spearheading vital post-secondary initiatives. His expertise extends to Aurora Public Schools and Denver Public Schools, where he enhanced program operations and facilitated accelerated learning opportunities. Charles also played a pivotal role in the Colorado Department of Education, advocating for support for rural communities, professional school-based counselors, and access to rigorous academic courses.

Currently an at-large City councilor for Commerce City, he leads efforts for balanced growth, public safety, and improved infrastructure. Charles holds advanced degrees in Organizational Leadership and Education Policy and Practice, contributing actively to various boards, including Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees, The Chef Ann Foundation Board of Directors, and The STEAD School Board of Directors.