Michelle Di Gangi
Executive Vice President, Head of Small Business & Medium Enterprise
Michelle Di Gangi joined San Francisco based Bank of the West in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Head of Small and Medium Enterprise Banking. She manages small and medium-size business banking activities across Bank of the West’s 19 state footprint including Business Banking activities, SBA lending, SME Construction Lending, underwriting and loan operations, and strategy for distribution through the bank'’s retail banking network.
In 2016 and 2017, Michelle was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in banking by American Banker as part of its prestigious Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program. In 2014 and 2017, she, along with nine other female Bank of the West executives, also received a Top Teams award from American Banker. In addition, the San Francisco Business Times recognized Michelle in its 2010 - 2016 lists of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Business.
Michelle has over 25 years of experience in commercial, small business and business banking strategies, credit administration policies and procedures, and direct management of commercial and business banking. Prior to joining Bank of the West, she was executive vice president and director of commercial banking at Greater Bay Bancorp, in East Palo Alto, Calif. There she was responsible for building and leading a team focused on finding new lending opportunities and other business development initiatives.
Michelle began her banking career with Wells Fargo's Commercial Banking group serving in various roles including as credit and loan team manager. She later moved to Wells' Business Banking group where her roles included senior credit officer, area manager in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Executive Vice President and division manager of Bay Area Business Banking.
Co-founder and executive sponsor of Bank of the West's Women's Connection, now MixCity
Co-founder and active participant of Bank of the West's formal mentoring program
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), board member
Financial Women of San Francisco and the Bay Area (FWA), past committee member
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) National Strategic Advisory Board, past member
National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), past member
East Bay Big Brothers/Big Sisters, past board member
CBA, Small Business Committee, past committee member