January 30, 1987
The President today announced the appointment of Charles D. Hobbs to be Assistant to the President, with primary responsibility to develop and implement reforms of the Nation's public assistance system. He will assume his duties immediately.
Since 1984 Mr. Hobbs has served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy Development, and since 1985 he has directed the White House Office of Policy Development. Previously, Mr. Hobbs was president and principal consultant of Charles D. Hobbs, Inc., a California-based public policy and management consulting firm. His company has served a wide variety of Federal, State, and local government agencies in the development of public service programs and management plans. Mr. Hobbs was chief deputy director of social welfare in California, 1970 - 1972, and also served on then-Governor Reagan's tax limitation and local government task forces in 1973 and 1974. He was a delegate to the Economic Summit Conference on Inflation in 1975. Mr. Hobbs designed and managed the development of computer-based information and command/control systems from 1958 to 1970.
He graduated with honors from Northwestern University (B.S., 1955) and was a Woodrow Wilson fellow at UCLA in 1958 and 1959. He was a distinguished military graduate at Northwestern in 1955 and served 3 years as an officer in the United States Air Force. He is married to Judith Fozzard Hobbs and has three sons: Charles, Jonathan, and Jeremy. Mr. Hobbs was born on September 2, 1933, in Kansas City, MO.