Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The Powhatan Group leadership team has more than 70 years of experience across law enforcement, security, training & development fields.

Charles N. DeVita

Managing Director

Mr. DeVita is the Founder and Managing Director of Powhatan Group. He is responsible for all aspects of business strategy, client relationships, training and development and company operations.

Mr. DeVita has more than 40 years of experience in security, risk mitigation and management. He brings his extensive professional experience in law enforcement, security planning, training and development, along with his proven leadership in the government, nonprofit and private sectors to serve the clients of Powhatan Group.

Prior to founding Powhatan Group, Mr. DeVita served as the Director of Training and Development for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As Director, he was responsible for the oversight, planning, strategy policy, and implementation of ICE operational training and professional development. He also held the position of Worldwide Director of Corporate Security for MBNA Bank.

At MBNA, Mr. DeVita was responsible for directing the domestic and international staff in identifying developing implementing and maintaining security processes across the organization to reduce risks, respond to incidents and limit exposure to liability in areas of financial, physical and personal risk.

Mr. DeVita is the former Vice President for Global Safety and Security for the American Red Cross, where he was responsible for developing a corporate security and emergency-planning infrastructure that impacted more than 35,000 employees, 1.5 million volunteers, and Red Cross delegations in over 40 countries worldwide.

Mr. DeVita began his career in the United States Secret Service, serving as Assistant Director. In the Secret Service, Mr. DeVita served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Presidential Protective Detail and was responsible for the Secret Service Training Academy’s curriculum, methodology and content of training and education programs for all employees.