Soto, CAMS, CFE
Natalie Soto is presently the Vice President, Assistant BSA Officer at Pacific Western Bank. Natalie is an active member of the InfraGard Program (a FBI-affiliated nonprofit organization dedicated to critical infrastructure protection) at the San Diego Chapter, the Associate of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) San Diego Chapter, and the California Financial Crimes Investigators Association (CFCIA) San Diego Division. Natalie is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) since 2017 through the globally recognized organization ACFE. She also holds the CFI designation (Certified Fraud Investigator) through CFCIA since 2015.
Prior to joining Pacific Western Bank, she was the Vice President, BSA & OFAC Officer at Seacoast Commerce Bank, a $1B bank headquartered in San Diego,CA. Natalie was previously the AVP, Assistant BSA Officer at Vibra Bank, and also worked at Regents Bank and San Diego Private Bank in BSA/AML compliance and operational roles. She has substantial banking experience in retail banking, community banking, border banking, operational and lending compliance, and in BSA/AML/OFAC, dating back to 2003 when she began her banking career.
Natalie has been a member of ACAMS since 2013 and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2014. Natalie joined the Board of the ACAMS Southern California Chapter in 2015 and served as the Communications Director for 2.5 years prior to forming the ACAMS San Diego –Baja CA Chapter in 2017. Natalie obtained her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in 2017.
She also served as the VP/Treasurer for the Banker’s Toolbox West Coast Regional User Group Conference from 2015 –2019. Natalie attended San Diego State University where she studied English and Comparative Literature and wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Aztec, from 2000 through 2005.