Charles A. Fracchia
Founder and President Emeritus

Charles Fracchia, a renowned San Francisco historian founded the San Francisco Historical Society in 1988. He was the Society's president prior to the merger with the Museum of the City of San Francisco, and served as the president of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society through February 2005. Charles continues to serve on the Board of Directors, chairs the Council of Advisors, and manages the Society's publications. Charles is a native San Franciscan who attended local schools; received his B.A. in history from the University of San Francisco; and did graduate work at the University of San Francisco Law School, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Charles teaches at City College of San Francisco and the University of San Francisco, lectures extensively throughout the Bay Area, and has been an investment banker for over thirty years. He has written several books including Fire and Gold: The San Francisco Story, City By the Bay: A History of San Francisco 1945 to the Present, and When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush. He has been a trustee of the California Historical Society, and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership San Francisco Advisory Board.