Mr. Hamel joined Municipal Market Analytics, Inc. (MMA) in 2019 as its first Senior Fellow. In this role, he contributes to MMA’s publications to provide insight and vision to the challenges facing municipal infrastructure needs and their financings. In addition, Mr. Hamel interfaces with industry leaders and associations, elected officials and regulators to advance executable ideas as solutions to US infrastructure requirements.
Prior to joining MMA, Mr. Hamel served as Managing Director and Head of the Municipal Finance Group at RBC Capital Markets. In this role, RBC’s municipal business evolved into a consistent top-five market leader and one of the largest municipal practices in the country, with operations based in New York and bankers in 27 cities across the U.S.
During his career, Mr. Hamel has been actively involved in the municipal finance community including as a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading industry trade group representing securities firms, banks and asset managers in the U.S. He has served as Chair of SIFMA’s Infrastructure Policy Committee, and as Chair of the SIFMA Municipal Executive Committee.
Mr. Hamel, as a leading voice in the industry, has been a frequent presenter and speaker at various events across the country, as well as a regular contributor on key infrastructure policy issues, with numerous articles published in The Bond Buyer, Crain’s New York, and Governing Daily.
Mr. Hamel also led RBC’s publishing efforts on several studies related to U.S. infrastructure finance and policy, including Unlocking Value From Public Assets – Leveraging Private Sector Expertise to Generate New Public Benefits (2017), The Role of Design-Build Procurement (2015), and Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure (2014).
In 2013 Mr. Hamel was named to the SIFMA Municipal Division Honor Roll for his success in building a top municipal department, along with recognition of his career of industry contribution.
Prior to entering municipal finance, Mr. Hamel was a senior assistant to then-Governor Bruce Babbitt of Arizona. Chris received a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.