Kedest Habtu was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kedest migrated to Los Angeles approximately 28 years ago and has lived there ever since. Kedest has been in the banking profession for over 20 years holding various roles. She is currently Vice President, Branch Manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank.
In her current role at JPMorgan Chase, Kedest is involved in mentoring, coaching and inspiring employees towards achieving high sales, sourcing new business, and providing superior customer service. She is looked upon by her colleagues and management team to help recruit top talent. She has developed and cultivated long term customer relationships and supported many employees towards reaching their potential. Kedest is a graduate of the Los Angeles Central Leadership program and Certified Mentor for Branch Managers and Assistant Manager Trainees.
Kedest often volunteers her time to charitable services such as Heal the Bay (an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean). She visits schools and students that come from underserved communities in Ethiopia to support early, primary, middle and higher education. She also engages in activities that promote healthy life style, recently completing a 39 mile Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Kedest has passion for photography, traveling and arts and crafts.