Grace K. Wickersham


Ms. Wickersham is a Senior Vice President and the Senior Economic and Financial Analyst for Carpenter & Company and for the Carpenter Community BancFund, which is the majority shareholder of Plaza Bank. Among her other experience, she has served on the Economic Advisory Committee to the State Department of Finance, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Business Economics, and she was a consulting economist to the UCLA Business Forecasting Project.

Before Ms. Wickersham’s two decades as an economist for Irvine-based Carpenter & Company, an investment banking and consulting firm that has served the community banking industry for nearly 40 years, she was the Chief Economist and Director of Corporate Planning for the $8 billion Glendale Federal Bank, then California’s fifth largest savings and loan. Ms. Wickersham began her banking career with Security Pacific National Bank and has also served as an economic consultant for The Aerospace Corporation, a think tank for the U.S. Air Force.

She has been a longtime resident of Corona del Mar and serves as a trustee of Mount St. Mary’s College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Southern California.