Dega A Nalayeh

Managing Director, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Dega Nalayeh is a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Los Angeles, California. She and her colleague, Avi Cohen, currently oversee approximately $6.4 billion in client balances (as of March 2022). With more than two decades of experience managing complex and strategic relationships, Dega helps successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and their families, who have created their wealth in the media technology, healthcare, real estate, and sports and entertainment industries, navigate the complexities that accompanies significant wealth.

To aid her in addressing clients’ often-dynamic situations, she leads a dedicated team of specialists with deep experience in specialized credit and lending solutions, wealth management, trust and estate planning services , risk management, and philanthropic opportunities.

With a passion for working with women who are wealth creators taking control of their financial and legacy decisions, Dega holds financial empowerment classes to help them make informed decisions about their future. As an private client advisor, she draws on her extensive knowledge of non-profit organizations, such as schools and public foundations, to offer sophisticated perspectives and strategic guidance to help them achieve their missions. She also has a depth of knowledge understanding the specialized needs of international clients with multinational wealth.

Dega began her career at Bank of America in 1998. Over the course of her career, she has held several roles within the bank, including analyst, consumer banker, and premier banker. She joined the Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust) in 2006. Dega received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in applied mathematics and physics from York University in Toronto, Canada. She also attended the Wharton School for Executive Education. Dega is a member of the Bank’s African American committee leadership team.

Dega enjoys spending time with her son and family. She is passionate about fitness, outdoor activities, personal development, and community service. In her spare time, she volunteers as a mentor to teach inner city women and children financial awareness and empowers them to be at the forefront of their financial decision making.

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

Nune Khachatryan

Private Client Manager


John J Aylward

Private Client Manager


Joanne E Steenson

Private Client Manager


David Zavecci

Private Client Manager


Key Contacts

Alison S. Kim

Private Bank Associate


Miesha R Carter

Private Bank Senior Associate


Mila Arantes

Private Bank Associate


Taire (Birdie) Hanson

Private Bank Senior Associate Lead


Chelsey C Quinn

Private Bank Associate


Meri Orjanyan

Private Bank Senior Associate


Gladis A Cortez

Private Bank Associate


Melacknesh (Mel) Belay Igwe

Private Client Manager II


Danna Marin

Private Bank 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.