Charles Stewart Verdery Jr. is an American lobbyist and political professional. He served as the first Assistant Secretary of Policy and Planning at the Department of Homeland Security from 2003-2005. He founded the Monument Policy Group, a government affairs consulting firm advising corporations, associations, and non-profits, in 2006.
Prior to his service at DHS, Verdery served as general counsel to Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Assistant Senate Majority Leader, from 1998 until 2002. Verdery also oversaw the creation and management of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force. Verdery also served as counsel to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on the Senate Judiciary Committee and directed the committee’s crime unit. In addition, while at the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration from 1996-1998, he worked for Chairman John Warner (R-Va.), investigating the contested Louisiana Senate election.
Verdery serves as an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Project 2049 Institute. He previously was a member of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future at the Migration Policy Institute.