Controller's Biography

Chris Brown

Chris BrownChris B. Brown is a proud father, husband, and native Houstonian who was sworn in as Houston City Controller in January 2016. Chris is a dedicated public servant, as well as proven professional with the public and private sector experience needed to be an effective steward of taxpayer dollars.

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, where he served as head of operations for the firm. Through this work, Chris 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 Office’s day-to-day operations and oversaw the Executive Division of the Controller’s 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.

An Advocate for the Community
In addition to his professional experience, Chris remains very active in the community. Chris currently serves on the board of the William A. Lawson 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.

A Fourth-Generation Houston Native
Chris is a fourth generation Houstonian, and has deep roots in the Houston community. Growing up, Chris attended Briargrove Elementary and Lee High School, where he was a swim team varsity letterman. Part of Chris’ upbringing was also through the church, as his family was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Chris received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Christian University and obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.  Chris and his wife Divya, an attorney, are the proud parents of their two-year-old daughter, Milana.  Chris and his family reside in Southwest Houston.