Monique Johnson, an executive banker in the industry for almost forty years, is Beneficial State Bank’s Senior Vice President, Director of Client & Community Partnerships, in addition to a former CRA Officer. Monique was initially hired as the Head of Retail Banking in California in 2016.
Monique has been on executive management teams for the past twenty years. Before joining Beneficial State Bank, her previous position was Chief Operating Officer of SunPac, LLC, a banking investment vehicle with the strategy of starting up a new bank in Los Angeles. Prior to that role, Monique was Director of Relationship Management and Marketing in addition to serving as CRA Officer and Co-Chair of the enterprise-wide company giving program at Wedbush Bank in Los Angeles, California. Her extensive background includes working in every type of banking department from de novo banks to those with $15 billion in assets, including the former Imperial Bank. Monique has been an anchor in Southern California over the past thirty years with private, community, and commercial banks. She has overseen regional banking offices and has been instrumental in managing sales and client relationships in addition to all marketing and branding initiatives, operational processes and efficiencies, high-touch service, technological advances within systems and products, positive compliance and training cultures, facility management, and community, corporate, and investor relations.
Monique is a Board Trustee and Treasurer at AltaSea, a nonprofit organization bringing together leaders in science, business, and education to generate innovative solutions to global challenges of human and environmental sustainability. From feeding the Earth’s growing population to providing long-term employment in ocean-related careers, AltaSea is a unique model at the Port of Los Angeles. Monique is also the Chair of the Board, a Development Committee member, and passionate volunteer at Junior Achievement of Southern California, reaching from throughout Los Angeles County into Kern County, the Inland Empire, and Orange County. Junior Achievement’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success and stay in school through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs. Additionally, Monique is involved as a Board and Finance Committee member for the US Green Building Council of Los Angeles. USGBC-LA focuses on transforming Southern California through the built environment into a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable region for all. Most recently, Monique was honored by the Los Angeles Times as a “Visionary Leader in Finance” and nominated for a Women’s Leadership Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal. She was a founding committee member of Community Resource Exchange (CREX), which fosters introductions and new initiatives between CRA-qualified, community-based organizations and banks in the Greater Los Angeles area. In 2015, she was honored by the California “got milk” Foundation with the Better Future Moms – Los Angeles award for her role as a professional, community advocate, and mother. She has been involved in other community organizations over the past few decades, including the CROP Organization, Inner City Law Center, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, and Culver City Chamber of Commerce.
Monique earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance with a specialization in commercial loan management from Iowa State University. She lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband, and has two grown daughters.