Las Vegas – Two seasoned Las Vegas bankers will take on new roles at Chase to deepen relationships in the community to help improve financial health and provide expert mortgage advice to underserved communities. Their roles are part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $ 30 billion racial equity pledge to close the racial wealth gap. The five-year commitment was announced in October 2020.
Malika E. Lees, Chase’s new Las Vegas Community Manager, will act as a local Chase Ambassador to build and nurture relationships with key community leaders, nonprofit partners and small businesses at the neighborhood level. . With a focus on financial health, Malika will work with local residents, businesses and the community at large to identify collaborative programs, resources and opportunities that meet local needs.
Malika has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years and joined Chase in 2018 as a branch manager in Las Vegas. Born in Morocco, she moved to France to complete her college studies, where she obtained her Masters in Maritime Affairs and Transport Law from Paul Cézanne Aix Marseille III University.
Malika is a member of the firm’s management team in Las Vegas, co-chairs the firm’s local volunteer leadership group, and is a member of several business resource groups. She is a passionate volunteer and has led projects for Three Square, Spread the Word Nevada, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, United Way of Southern Nevada, the Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels.
Darius Toston, a highly decorated and veteran mortgage professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, recently joined Chase as Director of Community Home Loans. He will lead a team of community loan advisors in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona.
Darius is very active in the community. He is currently President of the Nevada Mortgage Lender’s Association (Nevada MBA Partner) and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (a subsidiary of NeighborWorks). He is heavily involved in minority real estate industry trade associations, serving on the boards of the Las Vegas branches of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the Asian Real Estate Association (AREAA) and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. (NAHREP).
Darius is an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, where he was also a student-athlete. Darius holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems.