Natalie Finney Mallard started her career in real estate, primarily working with escrow transactions. She felt that was a great place to start since her family was in the real estate industry. Later in life, event planning became a passion, creating and managing special development events such as fund raisers, as well as preparation of floral design and event ambience. Natalie also plans weddings, showers, and parties. West Los Angeles College and CSU, Dominguez Hills were the institutions she chose to enhance her education.
Natalie’s great uncle, who was her grandmother Bernice Malbrue’s brother Onie Burnett Granville, founded the first African American commercial state bank in Los Angeles, The Bank of Finance. Natalie donated some artifacts from The Bank of Finance to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. The artifacts include the bronze cornerstone plaque listing the founder and organizers, as well as other memorabilia, which is a part of their Business History Collection.
Natalie has designed a PowerPoint presentation on the history of The Bank of Finance which she has been speaking on and presenting at schools, libraries, and organizations.