Former Arkansas state legislator Charles Blake has joined the diverse Arkansas public affairs firm Think Rubix as Vice Principal, the firm announced Thursday. In his new role, Blake, a skilled policy maker, political strategist, entrepreneur and civil servant, will steward the corporate and governmental affairs, lobbying and campaigns portfolio of Think Rubix.
Founded in 2017, Think Rubix is a “culture-first” public affairs firm that helps executives, leaders and decision-makers working to improve corporate, government and social environments to harness the elusive power of culture by offering public engagement, equity innovation, and storytelling services.
“Charles Blake gets it,” said Tristan Wilkerson, Think Rubix managing principal. “His deep knowledge of our state, its systems, and our people represents not only the skills and experience necessary to do the important work of our day, but also the true passion and spirit that drives sorely needed social innovations.
“Of all of his meaningful work, we’re most excited about this next iteration of Charles Blake at Think Rubix. We look forward to the incredible impact he’ll make as part of our team,” Wilkerson added.
Blake served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 36 and also served as Minority Leader of the Democratic caucus. He was elected Minority Whip and Vice Chair of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus during his tenure. Most recently, Blake served as Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.’s Chief of Staff.
“Tomorrow’s change-makers must face today’s challenges with new ideas and fresh perspectives on each and every issue. That’s the kind of work Think Rubix does every day and I’m excited to move the needle forward with our team,” said Blake. “From our local communities to communities beyond our borders, we will continue our work to harness the collective power of people to move people from the margins to the middle.”
An Arkansas native, Blake graduated from Little Rock Central High School before earning his political science degree at Grinnell College. Upon his return to Arkansas, he served as a founding administrator of the Little Rock Preparatory Academy and president of CenArk Transportation.