In 2006, Charles McGee and Johnell Bell co-founded the Black Parent Initiative (BPI) where Charles continues to serve as Executive Director. BPI works to help Black parents achieve financial, educational, and spiritual success.
Charles is actively engaged in state-wide advocacy for laws that support communities of color, encourage police reform, and assist educational equality. As vice-chair for the Black Investment Corporation for Economic Progress, he advocates for economic prosperity without racial barriers.
As a founding member of Just Portland, Charles rallies support for political candidates seeking local elected office. Recently, Charles was instrumental in successfully passing The African American Student Success Plan state legislation which mandates the development and implementation of a plan to close the Black student educational achievement gap within ten years.
Charles, his wife, and two children live in NE Portland very close to his childhood home.
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