Building Bridges of Opportunity

For 50 years, we’ve believed that more is always possible. We believed we could help immigrant communities prosper and connect to the mainstream, and we did. We believed we could expand our reach to help mainstream commercial clients connect to new opportunities, and we have. We believed we could become the bridge between East and West, and we are. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, that spirit is stronger than ever. Together, we’ll build new bridges of opportunity that give people the confidence to reach further.

Our Story

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A Musical Collaboration

In the Joy Now Streaming

East meets West in a musical bridge to celebrate the AAPI community. World-renowned singer/songwriter JJ Lin and Grammy-winning artist Anderson .Paak teamed up to create a new song “In the Joy”. The single is the theme for The Bridge, an upcoming feature-length documentary that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of East West Bank’s founding while exploring the full Asian American experience.

Listen to “In the Joy” on all streaming platforms.

Our Customers

Today, we’re the largest independent bank headquartered in Southern California, with more than 120 locations throughout the US and Asia. With the same focus on building financial and cultural bridges, we help customers with diverse financial needs connect to new opportunities.

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Lauren Halsey

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Our Associates

Associate since 2016

Suzi Young

“Being part of an expanding team was challenging but rewarding. We needed to understand how to support one another, other business units, and customers, all while adapting to constant changes. Our belief in Pride in Ownership guided me through the process and can be seen throughout our team.”

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Associate since 2019

MC Raby

“Everything in the military is results-driven. I’m able to utilize the professional skillset I developed there along with some of my experiences with discipline, responsibility, work ethic, and leadership to improve our information security and technology.”

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Associate since 2016

Keith Vogelgesang

“Our approach is entrepreneurial. We focus on understanding what drives our customers’ strategies and their needs, then tailor solutions for them. Our clients come back multiple times and want to keep working on new transactions because of the way we do business.”

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Associate since 2012

Renee Chang

“The focus on giving back unites our culture. We truly enjoy being part of every community we serve, working together toward a common vision. Coming together and sharing a similar goal of making the world a little better is what we’re all about.”

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