Charles Thompson joined Port Houston as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in October of 2015 and leads the Information Technology division.  Prior to the port, Mr. Thompson served the cities of Houston (2012-2015) and Phoenix (2007-2012) in the same role.

Mr. Thompson was also the CIO for Orange County, Florida public schools and the Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia public schools.  Before beginning his career in the public sector, Charles worked in the private sector as a systems engineer, systems analyst and consultant with IBM, NYNEX Business Systems, SynOptics and Bay Networks. He also spent two years as a senior manager in Seoul, Korea, as an expatriate with Cisco Systems.