Charles A. Costen-Sumpter is a New York City native and Giants fan. He from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in 2007 and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, in 2012.
Costen-Sumpter is a 2016 graduate of the Political Leaders Program at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia and a 2021 graduate of the Victory Institute’s Political Leaders program. In 2016 Costen-Sumpter was also recognized as part of the inaugural Top 40 Under 40 by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and later by Leadership Arlington in 2017.
He worked as a Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Practice. He began his career with the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), the Government of the District of Columbia with Councilwoman Mary Cheh, Booz Allen Hamilton, and a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Charles currently works as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC.
In addition to his professional work, Costen-Sumpter is a local community activist in Alexandria, VA, having been appointed to several boards and commissions. He’s served on the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS, Commission on Employment, and several others. As former Chair of the HIV/AIDS Commission, Costen-Sumpter was an outspoken advocate working to increase support for prevention efforts and advocating for those hit hardest. In addition to sitting on the Board of Safe Space NOVA, Costen-Sumpter is also a founding board member of another local community nonprofit, Gay Professional Men of Color (GPMC).