Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli is an international consultant with 23 years of US Government experience in Washington, D.C. She began her career on Capitol Hill and served most recently as Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Previously, Mrs. Ponticelli served as the State Department's Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues; Senior Advisor for State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Director of Human Rights in State's Bureau for International Organization Affairs; Congressional Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Director of Congressional Correspondence in the Legislative Affairs Office of the White House. She has also served as Commissioner Assistant at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
In the private sector, Mrs. Ponticelli has been Program Director for the Balkans within the Eastern European Division of the International Republican Institute, Director of Media Relations at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and Director of Lectures and Seminars at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
In the course of her work on a range of human rights, humanitarian, and development initiatives, Mrs. Ponticelli has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world, leading and/or participating in official delegations to Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland (UN agencies in Geneva), Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Mrs. Ponticelli is the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State and USAID, the Veritas Award from Albertus Magnus College, and the Outstanding Young Alumna Award from her alma mater, Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Most recently, she received the Loyalty Award from the American Women for International Understanding, the Inspiration Award from the Foreign Investment Network and Global Trusted Alliances and the "Afghan-American Sisterhood Award" from Ariana Outreach.
She is a member of several advisory boards and international organizations, including the Council of American Universities Abroad, Regional Dialogue (based in Uzbekistan), FUTURE (a non-profit organization supporting Iraqi Women and their families), the Bayat Foundation's Afghan Trusted Network, and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council. She is currently working with Technical Training, Inc. on a workforce development project to provide automotive mechanics training and business skills to Afghan women and youth. She is also an advisor to the Grossman Burn Foundation assisting with projects to provide quality burn-care treatment and training in Afghanistan and to establish an on-line mental health counseling program for Afghan women.
Mrs. Ponticelli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish literature from Hood College and her Master of Arts degree through New York University's program in Madrid. She also completed two years of doctoral studies in Spanish literature at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.