Russ Charvonia, ChFC, CFP®, Esq.,  has worked in the financial services industry since 1980. He is a co-founder of Channel Islands Group, providing financial and wealth management advice to individual and business clients. He holds several professional designations and earned his Juris doctor degree from Ventura College of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the California Bar in 2004. He is the founder of Channel Islands Law Group in Ventura, which specializes in estate and charitable gift planning. Russ also has a mediation practice, where he helps parties identify and craft creative solutions to difficult problems.

He also recently opened a Sub Zero Frozen Ice Cream shop in downtown Ventura.

Russ volunteers his professional services to several non-profit organizations in his community, including serving on the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation board. He heads the Masonic Family Civility Project and served as a director on the board of The Midnight Mission for two years. He is active in Temple Beth Torah in Ventura and recently served as its president. He also volunteers for Channel Islands Restoration, helping to restore the Channel Islands to their native condition. He serves as treasurer for the Conflict Resolution Institute of Ventura County.

He served as Grand Master of Masons of California in 2014/15, serving more than 50,000 members.

Russ lives in Ventura with his wife, Linda. He has a daughter, Alissa; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Kendall; and grandsons, Tanner and Hudson.