Polonia Bright Johnson

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor

Professional Profile

Polonia Bright Johnson is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor at Bank of America Private Bank in Pasadena, California. Drawing on her years of financial services experience, Polonia can help high-net-worth individuals, real estate investors, business owners, and family offices simplify the complexities of their significant wealth. She leads of team of specialists who can provide in-depth knowledge in a multitude of integrated wealth management strategies, including investment management, trust and estate planning services, risk management, charitable giving, and customized banking and lending solutions. 

Polonia can also help address the complex financial needs of clients who seek to diversify their balance sheets and investment portfolios with commercial real estate. Together with a team of credit and lending specialists, Polonia can help clients create customized real estate financing solutions to complement the other key components of their wealth management strategies. 

Prior to joining Bank of America Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust) in 2012, Polonia was a senior vice president and regional director at One West Bank in Beverly Hills. Previously she served as a senior vice president, regional director, private client advisor and team leader at Union Bank Private Bank in Beverly Hills, and as a business banker at Wells Fargo. She began her banking career as a mortgage loan officer at Coast Savings. Polonia earned her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and communication from the University of Southern California, and her M.B.A from Pepperdine University.

Polonia and her husband reside in Northridge with their daughter. She is a past board member and finance committee member of The Maple Counseling Center. Polonia enjoys volunteering with her church and at her daughter’s school. Her hobbies center around cooking and decorating her home.

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

Muna Nalayeh

Private Client Manager


James F. Nicholas

Portfolio Manager


Tagore Evans

Senior Trust Officer


Key Contacts

Iris W Lau

Private Bank Senior Associate


Annie Y Wong

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.