Chief Development Officer
Charles Ward has more than 30 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors
ln his early career, he worked in Washington, D.C., first as Chief-of-Staff to Congressman Ronald V. Dellums (D-Berkeley) and subsequently as a staff attorney for the Federal Communications Commission. Charles moved to the Bay Area with his wife, Cheryl, in 1975 and joined the San Francisco law firm of Rohan & Stepanian where he practiced law, specializing in music industry clientele, until 1983. ln that year he joined Times Mirror Cable Television, lnc. where he served as Vice President of National Marketing & Programming. ln 1996 he began working for a fledgling nonprofit arts organization then known as the San Francisco Jazz Festival. As Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships he helped to develop the strategy to re-brand the organization as SFJAZZ. From 2002 until 2005 when he joined YBCA, Charles was employed as Senior Vice President of lnstitutional Advancement for Family Service Agency of San Francisco. Charles received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California Western University and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is a former Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where he chaired the Minority, Women’s and Local Business Enterprise Committee. He was a member of an advisory committee of the Museum of the African Diaspora that opened in San Francisco in 2005. Charles is a past Board member of Baycat, a nonprofit organization offering after school programs in arts education, culture, and enterprise to children living in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood and he was the San Francisco District Attorney’s appointee to the five-member San Francisco Ethics Commission where he served from 2006- 2012.ln addition, he serves as a consultant to the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra in Berkeley and as a member of the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board for the San Francisco Bay Area Region. He is also a trustee of the Mechanics lnstitute, a historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco. ln 2O14 Charles was elected to the Board of Directors of SF Travel, the nonprofit organization that oversees Moscone Center and promotes San Francisco to leisure, business and convention travelers from around the world.