Charles A. Archer
Chief Executive Officer
Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need, Inc.
As the CEO of Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need Inc., in Brooklyn, N.Y., Charles A. Archer leads an organization that serves more than 1,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It’s a gratifying job, he acknowledges, because he is able to influence family, friends, community and society. In addition, the opportunity to have been named CEO, at age 34, of an organization where he manages more than 500 employees is humbling. The experience has taught him the value of teamwork and his likening of collaborative and collective effort to the notion of everyone being in the same boat has now become a part of the center’s culture: “Everybody paddles — at the same time, in the same direction, toward the same goal.”
Archer credits his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Archer Sr., with instilling in him a “grateful spirit.” He does not take lightly the idea of “maintenance of public trust” and deeply appreciates the opportunity he has been given to serve. “I desire to be successful, inspiring and impactful because I understand that people rely on me,” he states. He serves his community as a member of One Hundred Black Men Inc., PENCIL Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Archer’s relentless drive for self-improvement became evident when he traveled three days a week from Brooklyn to Philadelphia to obtain a college degree. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration and accounting from Lincoln University, a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, a master’s in public administration from Baruch College and certifications in corporate compliance and ethics and in health-care compliance. “I would do anything to learn and be better than I was yesterday, pushing through any obstacle and deterrence,” he remarks. He believes that his biggest accomplishment has yet to come.
Favorite singer: Gill Scott-Heron
Favorite book: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Countries visited: Ireland, Cuba, Amsterdam