President and Chairman, Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS)
Charlie McBride grew up in Castor, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana State University before embarking on a career in Washington, DC. Mr. McBride worked for 12 years on personal and committee staffs in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, serving as Press Secretary to Louisiana Senator Russell Long and as Chief of Staff to Louisiana Senator Bennett Johnston.
Following his service on Capitol Hill, he formed his own consulting firm, Charlie McBride Associates, Inc. The firm has represented hundreds of clients in industry, Government and the nonprofit sector.
Mr. McBride is President and Chairman of the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS), which works to expand the presence of Louisiana companies and academic institutions in the technology base supporting the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA and other Federal agencies. In the past three years, LCMS has organized and managed two LSU-led national teams seeking designation as a national advanced-manufacturing innovation institute. In addition, he is President of Capital Technology Group, which works with early-stage technology companies.
Mr. McBride created and serves as President of two nonprofit membership consortia that facilitate acquisition opportunities for non-traditional contractors seeking to do business with the Federal Government: the Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization (CEED); and the Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5). The two consortia have a combined membership of more than 400 organizations and operate under long-term, no-ceiling “Other Transaction Agreements” with the Department of the Army.
Mr. McBride is the father of two daughters, Claire and Mary. He lives with his wife, Peggy DeBell, in Washington, DC.