From Advocate to CEO, Charles A. Archer of The THRIVE Network

CEO, Lawyer, and international best seller, Charles A. Archer, joins us today for this episode of the Q2 Podcast. Check out his book Everybody Paddles on sale at Amazon now.  In this episode we cover:

  • What is The THRIVE Network and why high quality and honest delivery is  “The NEW Standard” for organizations to succeed in service.
  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the 25th anniversary of the landmark civil rights legislation.
  • Translating community organizing and advocacy into legislation and policy
  • How to gain access to special committees and be invited on commissions for county, city, or state levels.
  • Has the generation before us “fumbled” in empowering the next generation? What does it truly mean to “pay your dues?”
  • The power of learning and leveraging your networks for education.
  • Brooklyn stand up! The opening night of  the “HERE” Art Exhibit event coming up this Friday (July 24th) at SHOPS at the Loom


Charles Anderson Archer is an American lawyer, author, speaker, entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of The THRIVE Network (formerly known as EDCSPIN – Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need), which offers services to

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Charles A. Archer, CEO Thrive Network

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 The THRIVE Network, Archer also served as an Associate Executive Director to the InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disability Agencies of New York, where he liaised with state agencies and community and government organizations on behalf of the mentally disabled & 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, Charles A. Archer was among a select group of public executives invited to participate in the Harvard University Kennedy 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.

In 1996, Archer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He continued on to Brooklyn Law School in 2001 where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree and soon after was hired as an assistant district attorney in Kings County where he prosecuted criminal matters on behalf of the State of New York. Charles continued on his educational journey and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College where upon graduating he joined the faculty and served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs. He later went on to earn his accreditation as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional CCEP and Certified Healthcare Compliance Professional. Archer earned his Green Six Sigma Belt and Black Six Sigma Belt from Emory University in 2014.

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