High Impact Angelenos

High Impact Angeleno: Jesse Torres

Jesse Torres

CEO, Pan American Bank, California’s Oldest Latino-Owned Bank

Jesse Torres is reimagining a better future for the youth of its community – young people who, Torres says, “have little self esteem because they look around their neighborhood and see people getting shot, arrested, deported, and cannot imagine a future for themselves.”  Last year, The Pan American Bank taught 1,000 first and second graders, and this year they are on track to exceed their target of engaging 2,500 students with financial literacy training.  Furthermore, starting in 2011, The Pan American Bank has committed $70,000 over a three year period to open free savings accounts with five dollars each for 14,000 first and second graders.


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