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Charles Anderson Archer is a lawyer, author, speaker, entrepreneur, CEO, and co-founder of the Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need (EDCSPIN). EDCSPIN services thousands of individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families in the 5 boroughs of New York City and New Jersey.  Archer has written the Everybody Paddles book compilations that provide strategies to building a unified team through leadership, and in 2011 served as a Cuba Research Delegate with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities AAIDD for which he has also lectured.

Before his CEO assignment for EDCSPIN, Archer also served as an associate executive director to the InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Agencies of New York, where he liaised with state agencies and community and government organizations on behalf of the mentally disabled and disadvantaged. Archer worked closely with local, state and federal legislators and contributed to shaping the programs and policies that directly impacted this group. In December 2010, Archer was recognized by former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for the revitalization of EDCSPIN in the community and presented with a citation from his office.

In 2012 was among a select group of public executives invited to participate in the Harvard UniversityKennedy School Driving Government Performance consortium, and later that year he received The Network Journal 40 Under 40 achievement award for professionals who have significantly impacted their respective industries and community.  The following year he was the recipient of the King of Kings County award for his depth of community service with disabled and disadvantaged citizens and in 2013, received a proclamation for his leadership as CEO for EDCSPIN from former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg Early 2015, the acting commissioner for the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities chose Archer to join an elite group of experts and individuals in the service of the mentally disabled to lead their transformation panel initiative

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