Charles A. Archer, Esq. is passionate about assisting, inspiring, and uplifting everyone he can—especially the disadvantaged.

In part, he’s currently fulfilling this mission as Chief Executive Officer of the Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need, Inc. (EDCSPIN). He and his staff of more than 500 men and women are dedicated to meeting the needs of more than 1,000 developmentally delayed individuals and their families.

In his first year as CEO, Charles spoke to his staff about the importance of teamwork, using the metaphor that they were all in the same boat. He emphasized how critical it is that “Everyone Paddles – at the Same Time, in the Same Direction, towards the Same Goal.”© Today, this concept continues to create a cooperative, results-oriented culture at EDCSPIN and has expanded into the Everybody Paddles Movement.

Charles’s education prepared him well for his executive position. In 1996, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Continuing on, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2001 and became an assistant district attorney in Kings County.

Later, Charles obtained his Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College, and in 2006, he joined the faculty there, serving as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs. He also became a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Certified HealthCare Compliance Professional.

Relishing the opportunity to make the case for services to help those in need, Charles assumed a lobbying role as the associate executive director for The Inter-Agency Council on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Agencies. Also affiliated with numerous professional associations, he’s been called upon to lecture and conduct research on a variety of topics important to organizations that provide policy, leadership, and development support as well as community, day, and residential services for the disadvantaged. In 2011, he became a Cuba Research Delegate with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), for which he also lectures.

In 2012, Charles participated in the Harvard University Kennedy School Driving Government Performance consortium. Also in 2012, he received The Network Journal 40 Under Forty Achievement Award for professionals making a significant impact and contribution to the community; a Leadership Citation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; and was chosen to participate and present at The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) Conference in Ireland.  The highlight of 2012 was the release of Everybody Paddles: A Guide to Partnership, Association, Collaboration and Togetherness.

As a self-published author, Charles held launch events and panel discussions in New York City, Washington, DC and Barbados, WI.  With tremendous support and positive reaction to the Everybody Paddles concept, coupled with selling of over 1900 books nationally and internationally, throughout 2013 Charles has been able to influence people and discussions around our need to build consensyus in everything.  As a result, Charles received a Proclamation for his Leadership as the CEO of EDCSPIN from NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In November 2013, he released his second book Everybody Paddles: A CEO Strategic Guide to Building Company Consensus.

Along with interests such as running marathons and skydiving, Charles enjoys freelance writing on a wide range of topics, and he’s been published in Mental Health News, City Limits, USA Today, and Urban Times. In addition, he finds time for community service as a member of One Hundred Black Men of NYC and a volunteer with PENCIL, Inc., which inspires innovation and improves student achievement by partnering business leaders with public schools.

Charles serves on the Board of Directors of Advance of Greater New York (AGNY), The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Charlottesville Surgical Center; Interagency Council of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC); Lutheran Family Health Centers; and Seafears & International House.

Charles A. Archer firmly believes that “Everybody is required for Everything!” and he’s more than willing to do his part.

To book Charles A. Archer to speak to your group, community, schools, church, organization, or company please email request to info@everybodypaddles.com.

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Charles Anderson Archer is an American lawyer, author, speaker, entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of the Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need, Inc., often referred to as (EDCSPIN). [1] EDCSPIN services thousands of individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their families in the 5 boroughs of New York City and New Jersey. [2] 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. [3] [4] Before his CEO assignment for EDCSPIN, 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. [5] 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. [6]  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. [7] [8] 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.]] [9] [10] Early 2015, the acting commissioner for the [[Office for People 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. [11]


Early Life and Education

 “I realized education was the only way I was going to change my situation and my family’s situation.”

Archer grew up in the [[Bedford Stuyvesant]] neighborhood of [[Brooklyn]], NY and is the eldest of 8 siblings. He attributed his success as an executive and good fortune to reading. [12] Growing up he lived in a depressed community where gunshots rang out regularly and crack addicts littered the streets. Charles found hope in popular programming to change his living conditions. Young Archer was inspired by [[The Cosby Show]] which presented the life of a middle class Black family living in an affluent section of Brooklyn and [[A Different World]] which introduced him to higher education in the predominantly Black [[Hillman College]]. He decided to pursue the path of education to free him and his family from their dire circumstances. [13]  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. [14] 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. [15]


Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need

While attending [[Lincoln University]], Archer left his freshman year to earn additional income for his family. He took a part time job in the evenings at a group home and eventually was able to return to school during the day. A few years after graduating, Archer and a colleague were inspired by fate to start their own non-profit organization. His work at the group home with the chronically disabled residents inspired Charles and his then business partner to start a non-profit that would serve the needs of these people. In 1996, the pair had received grants through their written proposals the year prior and started the Evelyn Douglin Center for serving People in Need (EDCSPIN). The center began with one group home that was run out of an apartment in Brooklyn and has grown to over 30 throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City. [16] EDCSPIN, Inc. is focused on helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to acquire the tools and socialization skills needed to live independently. The Evelyn Douglin Center employs more than 500 men and women who are trained to offer residents education and employment assistance, crisis intervention, behavioral and social development services, habilitation services, family services, day and residential services, after-school assistance and other training/support services for the mentally disadvantaged. [17] In a self-published 2011 article for [[City Limits]] magazine entitled “Why It’s Time To Hire The Disabled,” Archer identified that there are 40 million Americans who can be classified as disabled. He contended that the mentally disabled had value in the workforce and that employers must be inclusive of these individuals so society can reap the economic advantages. Archer pointed out that training for this group is a critical component, and EDCSPIN bridged the gap that helped these people as well as employers to successfully integrate. [18] The organization supports its work through government funding, proceeds from special events, cause-related marketing projects and voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. [19] In 2012, Actor and Comedian [[Anthony Anderson]] served as the master of ceremonies for the EDCSPIN annual Vision and Voice Gala fundraising event, and assumed the same honor the subsequent year. [20] [21] In June of 2014, comedian, television & radio personality [[D.L. Hughley]] hosted the annual charity event. Hughley, whose son has [[Asperger’s Syndrome]], expressed gratitude for the resources Charles and his team provided to the special needs community. [22] In the same year, Emblem Health recognized EDCSPIN and presented Archer with the Commitment to Care Award at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. [23]


After many years of social advocacy in support of disadvantaged people, Charles brought his activism into the workplace. [24] In his inaugural year as CEO of EDCSPIN, he introduced his employees to a philosophy and culture of shared responsibility to achieve common goals. As a symbol of unity, Charles purchased a cluster of wooden paddles and nailed them to the walls of the office and scribed on them “Everyone Paddles in the Same Direction, at the Same Time, Toward the Same Goal.” [25] This eventually evolved into the Everybody Paddles Movement, which led to his first published edition of ‘Everybody Paddles’ in December 2012. [26] ‘Everybody Paddles’ is a collection of leadership principles and essays from various writers who share their personal stories of families and communities coming together for the greater good of society and human fulfillment. [27] The following November, Archer released his second edition of the ‘Everybody Paddles’ book series and his third edition in September 2014. [28] [29] The compilations have been recognized by professionals in the business community as a useful guide for entrepreneurs and business leaders . [30] As an avid freelance writer, Charles has also published works on social change website Urban Times, penned style pieces in fashion blogs and has written a collection of opinion editorials for various news outlets like USA Today, Mental Health News and City Limits. [31] [32] [33] [34]


As a self-published author, Charles A. Archer has been requisitioned by various public, private, educational and government institutions for regular motivational speaking engagements that focus on his premier management model for personal, professional and business growth. His signature operational approach has been implemented by organizations and companies both in the U.S. and abroad. [35] Archer was a guest speaker on a Blog Talk business radio show alongside former [[Apple]] CEO and President of [[Pepsi-Cola]] [[John Sculley]], where he was impaneled to discuss his leadership strategies. [36] He has lent his insights to numerous syndicated talk radio programs and Internet podcasts. [37]  Radio Shows October 2014 – November 2014




The Neal Steele Show

Neal Steele



Morning Show with Al

Al Windsperger



Breakfast with Bob

Bob Langstaff


Adult Standards

Mark Wayne Show

Mark Wayne

Nationally Syndicated

Business Talk Radio

Equity Strategies

Stu Taylor



Good Mornings

Chris Oaks



The Morning Show

Matt West




Tony Rogers



AM Ocala Live

Larry Whitler/Robin McBlane


NPR – Variety

Penguin Tracks

Jill Sheets


Classic Hits/Talk

Community Matters

Tim Celeste



Frank Truatt Morning Show

Richard Ball

Personal Life


In addition to freelance writing, Archer has played an active role in various community and volunteer organizations. He is also a fan of skydiving and enjoys an array of outdoor interests. [38] In 2008, he completed both the ING Half and Full marathons in New York City. [39]


Archer has given back to his community with a special focus on children and early education. In February 2014, he donated a substantial number of children’s books he collected from friends and family members and gifted them to the children at the Lutheran Family Health Centers in Brooklyn, NY during the holiday season. [40] Charles has been a regular supporter of charitable causes that aid in the development of business and community leaders. [41]


[[American Bar Association]]

[[New York City Bar Association]]

National Center for Non-Profit Boards

Brooklyn Bar Association

NYS Association of Community and Residential Agencies

[[New York State Bar Association]]

[[Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics]]

[[Health Care Compliance Association]]

One Hundred Black Men, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated

[[American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities]]

(Cuba Delegation)

Division of International Special Education & Services (Ireland Delegation)

Jewish Community Relations Council [[JCRC]](Israel Delegation)


Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Honors & Achievements

Emblem Health 2014 Commitment to Care Award

Kings of Kings Award

2008 ING NYC Half Marathon

2008 ING NYC Full Marathon

[[Brooklyn Law School]] Honoree 2011

Brooklyn [[Borough President]] Proclamation

Mayor of the City of New York Citation

United States Patent and Trademark

The Network Journal ‘40 Under 40’ 2012



Board of Director Seats

Advance of Greater New York

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Lutheran Family Health Center

InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies

Seafarers and International House

Metropolitan College of NY

Berkely College

Advance Care Alliance

Diaspora Community Services

Kids Rank

External Links





1 - http://www.everybodypaddles.com/founder/

2- http://www.queensledger.com/view/full_story/21366961/article-Charles-Archer

3- http://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Paddles-Strategic-Building-Consensus-ebook/dp/B00GS5ZBXC

4- http://www.ourtimepress.com/upload/January172013

5- http://www.ibrooklyn.com/news_events/charles_archer.aspx

6- http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/campusstories/studentspotlight/charlesarcher.htm

7- http://www.mcny.edu/business/advisory_board.php

8- http://www.tnj.com/40-under-forty/2012

9- http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2013/11/2013_11_13_lin-jay.html

10https://books.google.com/books?id=Ne8TBQAAQBAJ&pg=PT98&lpg=PT98&dq=EDCSPIN+Mayor+bloomberg&source=bl&ots=9_EThkP92x&sig=smEtZQuPsdVXal3jGfifuwyaVww&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9Hk2VbjKPMugyAS1poBo&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAg - v=onepage&q=EDCSPIN Mayor bloomberg&f=false

11- http://reachoutandreadnyc.org/2014/02/19/archerbookdonaton/

12- http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_about/commissioners_page/transformation-panel

13- http://patch.com/new-york/bed-stuy/charles-archer-started-from-the-bottom-now-hes-here

14- http://www.ourtimepress.com/upload/January172013


16- http://patch.com/new-york/bed-stuy/charles-archer-started-from-the-bottom-now-hes-here

17- http://www.edcspin.org/services/

18- http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/10/28/job-market-tough-for-young-adults-with-autism


20- http://newyorkcity.eventful.com/events/evelyn-douglin-center-ser-/E0-001-048441569-8@2012061418

21- http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/actor-and-comedian-anthony-anderson-set-host-edcspin’s-annual-vision-voice-gala-2013-06-05


23- http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2014/22/all-standingo-box-2014-05-30-bd_2014_22.html

24- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQLnBfsomYM&feature=youtu.be


26- http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/celebrities-celebrate-dance-with-the-alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater#axzz3XaNIk3gr

27- http://madamenoire.com/239411/everybody-in-new-book-everybody-paddles-emphasizes-the-support-we-can-give-one-another/

28- http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/81889


30- http://www.theelpodcast.com/tel-203-everybody-paddles-with-charles-archer/




34- http://www.everybodypaddles.com/founder/


36- http://www.blogtalkradio.com/smallbusinessunstuck/2015/01/27/310-advice-from-john-sculley-melinda-emerson-charles-archer-and-robert-rich


38- http://www.mcny.edu/business/advisory_board.php


40- http://reachoutandreadnyc.org/2014/02/19/archerbookdonaton/