Chris Charles is President and Chief Executive Officer of Wulff, Hansen & Co., a San Rafael-based public finance and investment advisory firm established in 1931. He also serves as the firm’s CCO.
Mr. Charles joined the firm in 1979. From 1997-2002 he was the firm’s Executive Vice President, CEO, and COO, and previously served as Manager - Municipal Trading, Director of Equity Research, and in various other capacities. He also oversees the firm’s investment advisory division, Wulff Capital Management, which he founded in 1985.
Mr. Charles served on the FINRA District 1 committee from 2006-2009, again in 2010, on FINRA’s National Advisory Council in 2009, on FINRA's Small Firm Advisory Board for three years from 2012-2014 and on the FINRA Fixed Income Committee from 2015-2017. He presently serves on FINRA's Regulatory Advisory, SIE Content, and District 1 Committees and on the Board of Directors of NSCP, the National Society of Compliance Professionals, where he co-founded NSCP's Municipal Advisor Committee. Mr. Charles is active in the industry, speaking on current topics at forums sponsored by FINRA, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), and by NSCP and has written for the magazine Practical Compliance and Risk Management.
His satisfaction in his work at Wulff, Hansen stems from the opportunity to provide an organizational infrastructure that makes it possible for his colleagues to focus their energies entirely on using their skills to serve a broad and very diverse group of clients. He believes that truly creative finance is at least as much an art as it is a science and feels fortunate to lead a team of such innovative and talented individuals helping to make California a better place for all.
Professional licenses: Series 7 (General Securities), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 50 (Municipal Advisor Representative), Series 53 (Municipal Securities Principal), Series 57 (Securities Trader), Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative), and Series 99 (Operations Professional).