Billionaire activist uses her wealth to be an agent of change

By LA Stories Staff

Billionaire activist and philanthropist Kat Taylor has made it her life mission to bring equity to underserved and underrepresented communities across the country.

As the co-founder and board chair of Beneficial State Bank, she aims to make banking more accessible to under-resourced communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

What makes Beneficial State Bank unique is that it is fully owned by nonprofits with the mandate to redistribute excess funds to the Bank’s communities.

“We realized that banking is a very powerful determinate of societal outcomes. It drives every other industry,” Taylor said. “And it should be allegiant to public interest and the values of the people who make up their deposit base. A lot of the big banks forget that.”

In this episode of “LA Stories,” host Giselle Fernandez profiles Taylor, who discusses how she is not only fighting for equity through banking, but also through a variety of sectors, such as agriculture, media and community philanthropy.

Taylor is co-founder of TomKat Ranch, a 1,800-acre working cattle ranch that focuses on humane treatment and sustainable practices. In coalition with other farms and ranches, she helps bring local, healthy, organic food to millions of school children in California.

“It’s proof of what can happen in the future for other positive progress,” she said. “And that will shift our food supply chain in favor of racial, gender and environmental justice as well.”

To watch the entire interview, visit LA Stories.