Steven Garibell is a TD Bank vice president who is the business development officer for its LGBTQ initiatives, with responsibilities not only for bringing the bank’s services to enterprises owned by members of the community but also working to ensure that TD is the top employer of LGBTQ professionals in the industry.
He has spent 12 years fostering banking relationships with the LGBTQ community in New Jersey and New York, most recently as TD Bank’s small business relationship manager in the Bronx.
Garibell, who attended Montclair State University in New Jersey, began his career in retail banking with Wachovia/ Wells Fargo, where he helped build its Pride Business Resource Group throughout the Garden State. When he joined TD Bank in 2012, he became a financial educator and involved himself with both its Volunteer and its Pride Business Resource Group Networks.
Over time, Garibell joined the commercial banking group as a relationship manager, having completed the Risk Management Association’s credit training for commercial lenders program.
As part of his community outreach, Garibell continues his work as a financial educator through TD Bank’s Five Boro Chamber Alliance and in monthly classes he facilitates that are sponsored by the New York City Department of Small Business Services. He takes a particular interest in delivering business and community development into LGBTQ markets and neighborhoods, and leverages his skills and experience in professional networking through both Out Professionals and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. At NGLCC, he is a member of the Certification Committee, headquartered in Washington, DC, that verifies that participating enterprises are LGBTQ-owned and operated. That certification, in turn, helps business owners gain access to vendor diversity initiatives at larger corporations looking to purchase the goods and services they offer.
Animating Garibell’s career is the belief that everyone should have a chance to be successful, no matter what their background is. Based on that view, he works to drive positive change through working collaborations that enrich the lives of the LGBTQ community and its talented entrepreneurs and small business owners.
A past board member of the YMCA, Garibell lent his insight and experience to that organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
He has done volunteer work with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, SAGE, Destination Tomorrow, and Project Eats.
He has been an honoree of Gay City News Impact Awards and City and States Bronx Power 50.