Charles Dusseau has spent his professional career moving between both the public and private and the domestic and international sectors, sometimes finding himself planted at the confluence of them all. After finishing his education at the University of Colorado (international finance) and Georgetown (international political economy), he spent the next nine years as an international banker for Chase Manhattan, working and living throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. While in Buenos Aires, Dusseau chronicled political and economic events as a columnist for the Buenos Aires Herald.
He was transferred to Miami where he served as Chase’s country manager for Central America, serving on debt-renegotiation committees for Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Four years later Dusseau was elected commissioner of Miami-Dade County, the fourth largest county government in the U.S. He was subsequently appointed secretary of commerce of the state of Florida, where he oversaw the development and passage of a variety of job creation incentive programs, managed a network of seven overseas offices, and was responsible for tourism development efforts. His primary goal as secretary, however, was to eliminate his own job, which was accomplished by privatizing the Department of Commerce.
Dusseau is currently managing member of DACS Investments, L.L.C., vice-chairman and founding director of the Bank of Coral Gables, and a member of the board of Friends of WLRN, the fundraising arm for south Florida’s public radio and TV station. Previously, he served as president of the Americas Group, a Miami-based, Latin America-focused consulting firm. He has also been active in the Democratic Party at the local, state and national level.