Fariborz (Avi) Avi Cohen

Managing Director, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Avi Cohen is a Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank since 2006.  He has worked in the financial industry since 1996 starting his career in the consumer bank with Bank of America. Throughout his 22 years with the bank, he has advised high and ultra-high net worth clients, Non-profit Organizations and foundations in Greater Los Angeles.  Avi focuses on advising entrepreneurs, real estate investors, families in the art world and foundations. Clients rely on Avi to help facilitate access to the vast resources and strategies of Bank of America and under his leadership, along with his partner Dega Nalayeh, he oversees approximately $4.2 billion of client assets as of June of 2018.

As a dedicated Private Client Advisor, Avi works with high profile clients to design and deliver wealth management strategies aimed at optimizing clients’ net worth and setting long-term investment strategies.  He works with clients, their families and their trusted advisors to understand their specific financial goals and objectives while leveraging and coordinating with subject matter experts within Bank of America Private Bank to deliver solutions for the clients based upon the clients risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs and overall investment goals. Avi helps guide the clients in the following areas of: asset allocation and investment management, income and estate tax planning strategy, credit advice and guidance, and cash flow management. 

Avi currently is serving on the following boards: Magbit and Farhang Foundation Patrons Council Board Member. He is also Institutional Client Advisor.

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

Joanne E Steenson

Private Client Manager


Cheryl A Stewart

Private Client Manager


John J Aylward

Private Client Manager


Nune Khachatryan

Private Client Manager


Key Contacts

Melacknesh Belay Igwe


Taire Hanson

Private Banking Associate II


Miesha R Carter

Private Banking Associate II


Alison S. Kim

Private Banking Associate I


Stella W Pae

Private Banking Associate I


Mila Arantes

Private Banking Associate I


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.