Charles L. Copeland
Charlie Copeland is President of Associates International, Inc., an internationally recognized direct marketing company located in Wilmington, Delaware. Charlie has been President of Associates since 1994 and has grown the company from a small nine-person operation to one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Prior to joining Associates, Charlie worked in various Information Systems positions with the DuPont Company for more than seven years. He finished his career at DuPont as an Area Manager of Data Center Operations at the DeLisle, Mississippi, Chemicals and Pigments plant.
From 2002 through 2008, Charlie served as a Delaware State Senator and Senate Minority Leader representing Brandywine Hundred, Greenville, Centreville, and Hockessin. During his service, Charlie was a leading voice for government accountability, education reform, and criminal justice reform. In November 2008 he ran, unsuccessfully, for Lieutenant Governor.
Charlie is cofounder and President of the Board of the Challenge Program, a nonprofit that trains at-risk youth in the City of Wilmington in construction skills; Board Chair of the Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security, a charter high school in the City of Wilmington; President of the Board of SURJ, a nonprofit focused on criminal justice reform; Board Chair of the Longwood Foundation; a Rotarian since 1995; and Vice President of the board of the Mt. Cuba Center, which has protected more than 2,500 acres of open space in the region in the past two years.
Charlie holds both a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and Physics and an MBA with a focus in Finance from Duke University.
An avid gardener and ACC basketball fan, Charlie lives in Wilmington with his wife, two children, and three dogs.