David L. Bahnsen, CFP®, CIMA® is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, one of the leading investment banks and wealth management firms in the world. He there runs The Bahnsen Group, providing financial planning and investment management services to roughly 150 clients, managing over $600 million of client capital. He has been named one of the top advisors in the country by Barron’s magazine and On Wall Street.
He and his wife of twelve years (Joleen) reside in Newport Beach, CA with their nine-year old son, Mitchell, six-year old daughter, Sadie, and 3-year old baby boy, Graham. He is an active board member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County where he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Program Committee. He serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County, a liberal arts high school in Newport Beach of which he is co-founder. He also serves on the Blackstone Faculty of the Alliance Defense Fund and is a Cooperating Board member of the Center for Cultural Leadership where he is the Senior Fellow of Economics and Finance. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), and holds numerous financial designations and licenses.
David is a disciple of Milton Friedman, a lover of Ronald Reagan, and a “National Review kind of conservative”. His writings strive to reflect an ideology of freedom principles integrated with transcendent truths. His hero is his late father, Dr. Greg Bahnsen, but he is pretty fond of John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, F.A. Hayek, Winston Churchill, C.S. Lewis, William Buckley, Margaret Thatcher, George Gilder, Steve Forbes, and Larry Kudlow as well.
Hobbies include reading, travel, fine dining, golfing, and sports. His true passions in life include anything pertaining to USC football, the financial markets, politics, Palm Desert, NYC, his gorgeous and brilliant children, and his lovely wife, Joleen.