Statewide Volunteer Chair
Charles C. “Chuck” McDougald is a native of Americus, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1963, alongside the first two African American graduates from the university – Hamilton Holmes and Charlene Hunter. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Chuck spent five and a half years in the Army, from 1964 to 1969, serving in Special Forces during the last four years of his career. He had two combat tours. The first, in Vietnam, was from 1966 to 1967, the second along the Thai-Laotian border from1968 to 1969. He achieved the rank of Captain. He is a second-generation warrior; at the age of 16, his father fought with the 20th Machine Gun Battalion in France in World War I.
After his military service, Chuck lived in Asia for 14 years, including stays in Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines. While in the Philippines, he obtained his master’s in management from the Asian Institute of Management and his doctorate in business administration from the University of the Philippines. He has written three books about the Philippines: The Marcos File, about corruption during the Marcos era; Asian Loot, about helping the national security director search for the Marcos hidden wealth; and The Buddha, the Gold, and the Myth, about corruption in the Central Bank of the Philippines under Marcos.
Chuck retired in 1997. He worked as a volunteer for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense affiliate. He worked on Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign as head of the Patriots in the Bay Area. In 2007, he volunteered again for Senator McCain and he headed the Veterans Coalition, first for California, then for the Western Region. Chuck has been married for 22 years. He has two children, age 19 and 15. He resides in the Bay Area.