Controller's biography

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is a proud Houstonian whose unique combination of private and first-hand public sector expertise make him the right person to serve as our next City Controller. Chris is a proven professional with the experience to be a responsible financial steward, and the commitment to serve his community.

Experienced Financial Steward
Chris began his career two decades ago, as a trader for Coastal Securities, an investment bank, where he focused on analysis of high tech stocks.  After several years, Chris co-founded an equity trading firm.  Chris, as head of operations for the equity trading firm, gained first-hand experience with risk management, compliance, reporting, building operations and negotiating complex agreements.

Prior to being elected Controller in December 2015, Chris served as Chief Deputy City Controller, where he managed the day-to-day operations of the Controller’s Office and oversaw the Executive Division of the office. Prior to being appointed Chief Deputy City Controller in 2009, Chris served as City Council Chief of Staff, overseeing community development initiatives and serving as a liaison to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.

Cares About His Community
In addition to his professional experience, Chris is an active participant in his community. He currently serves on the board of the William A. Lawson Institute Institute for Peace & Prosperity (WALIPP), Asia Society of Texas Advisory Board, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, and Prevent Blindness of Texas.  He is a past board member of the TCU National Alumni and SEARCH Homeless Services.

Deep Houston Roots
Chris, as a fourth generation Houstonian, has deep roots in the Houston community.  Chris attended Briargrove Elementary and Lee High School, where he was a swim team varsity letterman.  His family was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.  Chris attended Texas Christian University and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and later a Master in Business Administration from the University of Houston.  Chris, his wife, Divya, an attorney, and their newborn daughter, Milana, reside in southwest Houston.