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2021 Women’s Leadership Awards: Community Impact Advocate of the Year

Gwendolyn Givens-Jones
Senior Vice President, Business Banking
Bank of America

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Givens-Jones is a senior vice president and senior relationship manager in Commercial Business Banking at Bank of America for the Los Angeles Metro market. Her clients are mid-size companies with annual revenues between $5 million to $50 million specializing in nonprofit industries.  

Givens-Jones’ humble passion for helping to empower community groups and being a high impact “connector” has its roots in having been raised by a single mother and struggling financially throughout her youth. Living through this experience enabled Givens-Jones to realize later in life just how helpful and impactful the nonprofit sector can be for struggling families.

To help create a more sustainable future for the companies and communities she serves, she volunteers with several not-for-profit organizations focused on financial literacy and ending hunger and homelessness, most recently with providing care packages for the U.S. Veterans. This is in addition to finding the time to help Ability First and other groups.

To help drive financial empowerment across Los Angeles, Givens-Jones has volunteered her time to help shape and launch the strategy for Bank of America’s free financial education platform “Better Money Habits” where she has personally helped to train and coordinate hundreds of local bank leaders in providing nearly 100 free financial education workshops to more than 50 community groups with 5,200 individual participants ranging from Homeboy Industries and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition to schools, community centers and even at the annual Taste of Soul. Thanks to these efforts, Bank of America now also provides these free workshops inside its financial centers across Los Angeles and beyond.

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