Christopher A Johnston

Managing Director, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Chris Johnston is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in McLean, Virginia. He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of his team – a select circle of experienced professionals.

With more than 20 years spent in investments, banking, credit, small business and philanthropy, Chris has come to serve a high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clientele including business owners who’ve sold their enterprises with his guidance, C-suite executives, charitable organizations, private foundations and multi-generation families.

For clients with lives in constant motion, Chris encourages frequent dialog – reminding them of the financial impact that even small changes can have. Time and again, Chris finds that regular, organic discussions lead to opportunities and challenges that should be explored further.

Chris provides clients with a full range of capabilities through Bank of America – from residential, art, yacht, aviation and commercial real estate financing, to trust and estate planning services.

Chris began his career at Fleet Bank as a small business specialist where he participated in Fleet’s Retail Management Development Program. In 2003, Chris joined Fleet Bank’s private banking team in Princeton, New Jersey. Chris joined the Bank of America Private Bank (previously U.S. Trust) in Chevy Chase, Maryland as a Private Client Manager, later transitioning to his present role as a Private Client Advisor.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College. He lives with his wife and two children in Vienna, Virginia where he has served on the board of Christ Episcopal Church and actively volunteers throughout the year with his family on behalf of several local charities.


  • Lafayette College
  • St. Paul's School for Boys


  • 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

Benjamin A. Hilyard

Senior Trust Officer


James (Mark) M Hubbard

Private Client Manager


Zachary A Cohen

Wealth Strategies Advisor


Geoffrey C Sipes

Portfolio Manager


Key Contacts

Christopher Njie

Client & Business Manager I


Kyle Gibson

Private Bank Senior Associate Lead


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.