Sean van der Wal

Managing Partner

My parents were both born in South Africa and moved to the United States with $1,000 (10,000 Rand) in their pockets in 1988. From a very young age, my Dad ingrained the importance of saving and investing, and my interest in the market has grown ever since. For me, there are a few layers of intrigue to financial markets - the competing forces of psychology and multivariate systems, the possibility to achieve greater returns than highly regarded professionals, and the profound impact of those results.


Sean van der Wal is a Managing Partner & Founding Member of Drawing Capital Group LLC. Prior to launching Drawing Capital, Sean spent a decade in the financial services industry, focusing on tailored investment solutions for individuals and non-profits. For the first five years of his career, Sean worked in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management division, where he was responsible for developing asset management and investment advisory solutions for retail clients. Most recently, Sean managed a practice of over $1.5 billion at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., specializing in portfolio management, risk-optimization and goals-based planning for high net worth families and non-profit organizations in Menlo Park, CA.

Sean is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an active member of the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley. Sean obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Finance from California State University, Chico.

Although originally from San Rafael, CA, Sean currently lives in San Carlos, CA with his wife, Alexandra, and daughter, Olivia. His hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with his family in Lake Tahoe.