Charisse Conanan Johnson, CFA

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Based in Chicago, Charisse is a Partner and Head of Next Street’s Advisory Practice. In her role, Charisse is responsible for overseeing all elements of the firm’s Advisory Practice, including driving business development, managing profitability and operations, and delivering client solutions. Prior to serving at Head of the Advisory Practice, Charisse was Head of the firm’s Chicago market, a position she assumed upon her arrival at the firm in December of 2015. Over her tenure, Charisse has delivered small business and community investment ecosystem assessments and strategies in Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, and Houston as well as offered tailored financial and investment solutions to clients nationwide. Finally, Charisse has expertise in developing client solutions through a racial equity and inclusive lens.

Prior to Next Street, Charisse was CEO of Smarteys, Inc., a small business that provided financial planning tools for college grads. Prior to Smarteys, Charisse was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Management, where she made investment decisions for a $10 billion mid cap equity portfolio. Charisse is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Charisse is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charter holder.

On working at Next Street

“I am passionate about creating wealth through small business and entrepreneurship. I came to Next Street to feed that passion and change the status quo. I haven’t looked back since.”

Outside of Next Street

When she’s not at work, Charisse loves traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. She also loves to write, which she does for her blog, Charisse Says, and for American Express OPEN Forum.

Get to know Charisse

  • General Parter at the Bulldog Innovation Group, a group of Yale University alums investing in companies founded by other Yale alumns
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative
  • Tweets @CharisseSays