Charles Small is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this role, he serves as the primary liaison for state, county and local elected officials leading outreach and engagement strategy with non-federal stakeholders. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Charles served for four years as the Director of Federal Affairs and National Engagement for Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles where secured the City’s federal funding and permitting approvals supporting the City’s and region’s infrastructure agencies including LA Metro, Los Angeles World Airports (LAX), the Port of Los Angeles, the LA Department of Water & Power, and the LA Department of Transportation. Before his service to the City of Los Angeles, Charles spent five years as the Associate Director of Federal Affairs for the State of New York and Governor Andrew Cuomo where he led advocacy efforts on housing, energy, financial services and secured approval from the Federal Communications Commission to help the State’s broadband buildout.
Charles served in the Obama Administration at the Office of the United States Trade Representative and began his career with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California). He is a native of Southern California, a graduate of Swarthmore College, and a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan. He and his wife are the proud parents of a daughter, Jasper, and reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.