Mr. Charney received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mr. Charney is active in community business organizations. He has served as: a director and past president (1978) and is a lifetime director of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce; a director and former president (1993-1994) and is a lifetime director of the Ventura County Economic Development Association; a director of the Oxnard Economic Development Corporation and is the current chair; a director and former chair (2000) of the University of California at Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project, Ventura County; and a director of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting.
Mr. Charney has received much recognition over the years including Outstanding Young Man of the Year for the Oxnard Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1978, Business Person of the Year for the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce in 1994, receiving the Ventura County Economic Development Association Carl Lowthorp Golden Eagle award for outstanding public service in 1994, 2004 and 2009, and being honored with the first Founder’s Award for the Ventura County Leadership Academy in 2011.
Mr. Charney is also active in charitable organizations. He is a former vice president and director of the United Way of Ventura County (1979-1986), a former vice president and director of El Concillio de Condado de Ventura (1986-1993), and a former president (1993-1994) and director of the Ventura County Division of the American Heart Association. He is a former vice president and director of the American Cancer Society, Central county Division (1995-2000). He served on the 2000-2001 Grants Committee for Destino 2000. He served on the Food Share of Ventura County Board from 2007-2010. He was a founding director and is currently on the advisory committee to the Ventura County Leadership Academy. He served as Secretary to the Ben Nordman Public Service Award Fund from its inception in 1986 through 2010. As Secretary of the Fund, he was ineligible to receive the award, but in November of 2011, in his first year of eligibility, Mr. Charney was awarded the prestigious Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award.
Mr. Charney was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles. He resides in Oxnard with his wife Marcia. They have five children and nine grandchildren, scattered from Ventura County to Wisconsin and Maryland.