Amy M Best

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor

Institutional Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Amy Best is a Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor, and Institutional Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in St. Louis, Missouri. Amy works closely with multi-generational families, business owners, and nonprofit institutions to help educate them about key decision points in the management and stewardship of their finances. Collaborative and client-focused, she grounds her work in attentive listening, ongoing communication, and a deep commitment to client well-being.

As a Private Client Advisor, Amy helps successful individuals and families preserve, deploy, and grow their wealth more effectively. Working in concert with a team of specialists, she oversees customized offerings in investment management, trust and estate planning, business and succession planning, banking, and charitable giving. A natural connector, she enjoys helping clients capitalize on the extensive range of resources at their disposal, enterprise wide.

Amy also serves as an Institutional Client Advisor, catering to the needs of private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and public charities. In this role, she assists board members and organizational leaders in better aligning their Investment Policy Statement, asset allocation, spending policy, fundraising strategy and governance structure to enhance their long-term stability, growth, and mission fulfillment.

Amy joined Bank of America (formerly U.S. Trust) in 2000. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Amy serves on the board and executive committee of Variety, the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, which awarded her its 2013 “Have a Heart, Lend a Hand” Award for her outstanding contributions. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Governance Committee for Philanthropy Missouri.

The mother of twin boys, Amy enjoys an array of outdoor activities with her sons, including boating, fishing, and four-wheeling.


  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Washington University in St. Louis


  • English

Our Team

Our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personal experience.

Note: These team members are a shared resource, involved in your wealth management plan as appropriate and are subject to change

Rita J. Mathews

Senior Trust Officer


Patrick J. Martin

Private Client Manager


Jeffrey Nelson

Portfolio Manager


Catherine L Thayer

Wealth Strategies Advisor


James (Jim) C Kemp

Private Client Manager


Dara L. Clobes

Senior Trust Officer


Marc J Griffith

Portfolio Manager


Key Contacts

Kelsea Ellis

Private Bank Senior Associate


Gwendolyn M Zaffar

Private Bank Senior Associate


Let's Have A Conversation

We take the time to listen and learn about you and your family before creating strategies that aim to meet your needs, goals and best interests now and in the future


For more than 200 years, Bank of America Private Bank has helped clients navigate the complex challenges of managing significant wealth. We draw on the Private Bank’s personalized approach, as well as the resources of Bank of America, to help individuals and families, businesses, and institutions achieve their financial objectives. Whether you’re looking to preserve and share wealth, build philanthropic legacies or plan for future growth, our commitment is to make your goals our priority.

At Bank of America Private Bank, we take pride in our history and in serving our clients’ best interests. We also value the continual pursuit of innovation in a constantly transforming world. We apply this perspective to help our clients anticipate and respond to evolving markets, changing environments and the growing complexities of the financial landscape. Mindful of the past, our focus is on providing today’s clients with disciplined financial strategies and a bridge across generations.