Charles D.

As the N.C. Department of Transportation's general counsel, Charles D. "Chuck" Watts Jr. serves as the senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary.

Watts plays a crucial role in strategic planning, contract and personnel oversight, negotiations and decision-making for critical infrastructure projects throughout the state. He also functions as a key liaison between NCDOT, the Office of the Governor, other agencies and board members.

Watts has extensive legal experience and was most recently a principal with the Banks Law Firm in Durham. He previously served as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. He is also a former member of the N.C. Board of Transportation.

Watts is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Watts also received an MBA from Indiana University, with a concentration in finance, and a law degree from Howard University.