Natalie Do Honored as Finalist for the LA Times Inspirational Women Awards
October 26, 2021
The Los Angeles Times has honored Natalie Do, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, at Torrey Pines Bank, as a finalist for the Nonprofit Executive Award in the2021 Inspirational Women Forum and Awards. The publication’s fall 2021 event recognized women for outstanding community involvement and notable contributions in their field.
Do is an accomplished banker, entrepreneur and business consultant, specializing in commercial lending for professional service & financial service firms, family offices, tech companies and nonprofit organizations.
She recognizes that strong local businesses benefit the communities they serve on many levels and is uniquely dedicated to her clients, going above and beyond to support them as part of how she contributes to thriving communities in and around Los Angeles. One great example is Do’s relationship with her client Marnie Alton – founder of renowned LA fitness studio M/Body, now M/Body Online.
Alton recalled how Do personally walked her through every step in the process to secure a much-needed PPP loan during the height of the pandemic, and when it was approved, they cried together on the phone! These funds – and her banker’s unflagging support – helped Alton transition from an in-person studio to a virtual one, which prevented her from having to close her business as the state shutdown continued.
“The experience of working with Natalie Do during this stressful time was actually exceptional,” said Alton. “Natalie treated me with such respect. She would call just to check on me. From the very beginning this was a personal relationship.”
Do is known for her “all-in” passion and devotion to serving her communities in numerous capacities.
As a Certified Financial Planner®, she has volunteered her time to organize the annual Los Angeles Financial Planning Day since its inaugural event in 2010, helping countless individuals to better understand personal finance and money matters.
Do and her teenage son Jett turned their musical talents into a philanthropic opportunity in 2018, when they co-founded JettStream, a nonprofit established to provide resources to increase exposure to music and the arts for under-resourced communities in Southern California.
For over four years, Do has served as Board Chair of the GRYD (Gang Reduction and Youth Development) Foundation, working to help stabilize and strengthen over 30 L.A. communities and help youth succeed at home, at school and in the workplace.
In the spring of 2020 as public health orders around COVID-19 shut down numerous businesses and forced local governments to reallocate funding, the City of Los Angeles was forced to slash its budget for GRYD Foundation programming that the organization had relied upon to operate. Do helped the organization pivot to an innovative grassroots funding model, identifying and securing numerous grants so that every single GRYD staff member was able to maintain their employment and benefits.
Incredibly determined to not let the organization miss a beat when it came to showing up for the Los Angeles communities most impacted by gang violence, Do helped GRYD to shift its staple programming, Summer Night Lights, which keeps community parks open late to provide activities for kids and meals for families, to include “Grab and Go” meals and activity kits.
Torrey Pines Bank is proud of Natalie Do’s outstanding achievements and contributions, both in the Beverly Hills office and out in the greater Los Angeles Community.