Trinity Tran is a co-founder and lead organizer of the California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA), Public Bank LA, and Divest LA. In 2017, she created Divest LA, mobilizing activists to move the City of Los Angeles’ public funds from Wells Fargo. She co-founded Public Bank LA in the same year, leading the Measure B ballot initiative for a city-owned bank in Los Angeles. Trinity became a founding member of the California Public Banking Alliance in 2018, advocating for State Legislative bill AB 857 to establish local public banks in California, which was signed into law in 2019.
Under Trinity’s leadership, the coalition successfully championed Assembly Bill 1177, the California Public Banking Option Act, with Assemblymember Miguel Santiago as the lead author and SEIU CA and the California Reinvestment Coalition as co-sponsors. Over 250 endorsing organizations supported AB 1177, also known as CalAccount.
Trinity also serves as the Executive Director of Urban Partners Los Angeles (UPLA), overseeing a prominent walk-up food bank in Southern California. UPLA’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognized in the Congressional Hall of Records.
Trinity’s commitment to underserved populations and her transformative work in the financial system earned her accolades. She was honored as the 2021 Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly District 53 and received the 2021 Progressive Champion Award from the California Progressive Alliance. In 2022, Trinity accepted the Equitable Futures Award from the California Reinvestment Coalition on behalf of the CPBA for their impactful work. Her contributions led to a nomination for the Inspirational Women Awards by the LA Times in the same year.