Annual Gala 2016



On Saturday, October 29, 2016 CCEE had it’s first Annual Gala under the stars to celebrate leaders working to empower communities to achieve economic prosperity. Check back for updates and photos!

All proceeds benefit the California Council on Economic Education, dedicated to teaching economic and financial literacy to California K-12 students by equipping and supporting their teachers.

Event Co Chairs

Asha Joshi
Payden & Rygel

Tracy Hensley

Tracy Williams




October 29, 2016: Save the Date
Annual Gala

With Venue Partner The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica



EVP At City National Bank

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Rodney F. (Rod) Banks is executive vice president and head of City National Bank’s Commercial Banking Services. In this capacity, he is responsible for commercial banking strategy, business development and client service. He also oversees the coordinated delivery of credit, depository and cash management services to middle-market companies, and, in concert with the company’s Private Client Services and Wealth Management divisions, provides clients with trust, investment management, brokerage and advisory services.

Mr. Banks, who joined the company in January 2008, also is a member of the bank’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Banks has been in financial services for more than 34 years, including eight years in California as Bank of America’s business and commercial banking head. From 2005 to 2007, he served as regional president of business banking for California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Banks was the regional small business banking executive for California, Nevada and Arizona. Before that, he was Bank of America’s California commercial banking head from 1999 until 2002.
Between 1983 and 1999, Mr. Banks served in a variety of roles in the southeast United States with Bank of America (and predecessor banks NationsBank and Citizens and Southern Bank), including client manager, SBA (Small Business Administration) manager, Atlanta area executive, corporate sales manager and regional commercial head for the mid-south banking region.

Beginning in 1980, Mr. Banks spent two years as a national bank examiner with the Comptroller of the Currency and one year as a commercial banker with Gainesville National Bank in Georgia. He began his career in 1978 in public accounting.

Active in the community, Mr. Banks is an executive board member of the California Council on Economic Education, and a past chairman and current member of the board of governors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. He is a member of the boards of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where he also sits on its executive committee.
He also has served on the boards of the Southern California Leadership Council and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

A native of Georgia, Mr. Banks earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University, attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, the Duke University Executive Management Program and the Leadership Institute’s Leadership at the Peak Program in Boulder, Colo.


CNBC Reporter

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Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and Based in Los Angeles, she also contributes to CNBC’s breaking news coverage.

Wells assumed her current role after more than 20 years as a CNBC reporter. Most recently, she covered retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California’s economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas for the network. Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for “Rivera Live.” During her career at the network, Wells also served as a senior correspondent for CNBC’s “Upfront Tonight.”

Prior to joining CNBC, she was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Los Angeles reporter for NBC’s flagship television station, WNBC, in New York. Her television news career includes reporter positions with KTTV, Los Angeles; WTVJ, Miami; and KOB, Albuquerque. She has also contributed international reports for CNN.

Wells has received numerous honors for her work, including a 1992 Peabody Award and duPont Award for her role in the live coverage of the Rodney King Trial. That same year, she earned a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting. She also has received UPI, Press Club and Emmy Awards for feature reporting; three Florida Emmy Awards for news reporting; and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for team reporting.

Wells holds bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and philosophy from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors. She and her husband have two children and live in Los Angeles.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.


Annual Gala
Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • Cocktail Reception & Live Music
  • Sunset Toast to Rod
  • Dinner on the Beach, Awards & Dessert
  • Keynote Speaker Jane Wells, CNBC Reporter
  • Celebrating CCEE’s Accomplishments



The Venue

The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica
850 Palisades Beach Club Road, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Cradled in the rolling bluffs lies the Beach Club, where guests can enjoy their own piece of the Pacific seashore paradise. The sweeping panoramas of the sparkling Pacific greet from every corner as Jonathans. Guests can sink their toes into the warm silky sand, marvel at the expanse of the cerulean and azure waves, and simply surrender to the harmony of the atmosphere.


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