North Central College - Naperville, IL

Charles Bartsch

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

Charles Bartsch ’73 is an authority in the area of economic development and environmental community revitalization. As senior advisor for economic development to Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Charlie promotes interagency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. He works closely with the federal government’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities and advises the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and community revitalization financing strategies. Charlie has a leading role in developing the agency’s EJ 2014 strategy, a roadmap to help the EPA integrate environmental justice into its programs and policies. He has been an EPA point person on the White House Strong Cities/ Strong Communities recovery initiative.

Charlie’s expertise is widely sought and he often testifies before Congress on issues of economic development. He has provided training and technical assistance support in some 200 communities in more than 40 states. In 2001, he received the International Economic Development Council’s Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service for 10 years work on brownfield policies and legislation. In 2013, he received a Brownfield Leadership award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.

Previously, Charlie was senior fellow at IC F International where he served as the brownfields and smart growth policy expert. He has also served as director of brownfield studies at the Northeast-Mideast Institute in Washington, DC , a public policy center affiliated with the bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions.

Charlie studied political science at North Central College and later earned a master’s degree in urban policy and planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He enjoys sharing his expertise and insights with students and faculty at North Central.

Charlie resides in Washington, DC.

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