Advisor to the President-Elect: Ness Okwonko

Ness joined the Junior League of Los Angeles in 2006. She is a Sustaining member and the Advisor to the President Elect. She is also currently serving as an At-Large Director on the Association of Junior Leagues International’s (AJLI) board.

Ness served as JLLA President from 2016-2017. She enjoyed several leadership positions in the League, including Treasurer, AJLI Annual Conference Host Committee co-chair, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) College 101 program chair, New Member Training Team co-chair, and New Member Advisor. She is a graduate of JLLA’s Board Fellows Program and is a fellow of Leadership LA, a civic leadership program sponsored by the Southern California Leadership Network in partnership with Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Professionally, Ness has spent her entire career in the financial services industry. She is currently a Director, Senior Credit Executive at Bank of America where she provides structured lending solutions for the firm’s ultra high-net worth clients. She is also Co-Chair of Bank of America’s Black Executive Leadership Team. Ness holds a BA in International Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut and raised in Los Angeles, Ness currently resides in the Miracle Mile area with her husband Shawn Jackson. In her spare time, Ness enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, sports and classical music.