The University of Notre Dame – B.A. in History
The University of Texas School of Law – J.D.
Charles works to improve the affordability and accessibility of health care. In 2020, he led a team for Texas 2036 that developed the Health Coverage Policy Explorer, an interactive online tool that allowed policymakers and the public to explore the costs and effectiveness of numerous policy scenarios to increase the number of insured Texans.
During the past two legislative sessions, he worked on bills and efforts to improve health insurance markets, optimize price transparency, and improve the efficiency and value of the health care industry in Texas so that Texans are able to access and afford quality care when they need it.
Going into 2025, he is working on better understanding who the remaining uninsured in Texas are and the barriers they face to obtaining care, building upon existing transparency requirements and working to create transparency of quality and ownership data, and improving the way that employers and the state design health benefit plans to maximize the affordability of quality care.
Prior Work Experience
Charles joined Texas 2036 after serving as a Budget and Policy Advisor for Governor Greg Abbott. Charles advised on a broad range of issues, including health care, insurance, workforce development, elections, information resources, cybersecurity, and first amendment issues and civil law.
He served as the primary liaison to a number of state agencies, including the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Workforce Commission, Department of Information Resources, Secretary of State and Office of the Attorney General, among others. Charles is a recovering attorney, having previously practiced insurance defense litigation.