Tosh Ernest

Head of Access to Innovation, Silicon Valley Bank

Tosh Ernest is Head of Access to Innovation, SVB’s signature initiative to advance women, Black and Latinx  individuals to positions of influence in the innovation economy.  

SVB’s Access to Innovation program works to address the innovation sector’s biggest diversity opportunities  by unlocking greater access to capital, professional relationships, and career opportunities for women, Black  and Latinx individuals. In this role, Ernest leads the expansion of SVB’s Access to Innovation program in  broadening opportunities across SVB’s core businesses: Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Capital, SVB Private and SVB  Securities. 

Ernest joined SVB after more than 10 years with JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she founded the wealth  division of Advancing Black Pathways, a global initiative focused on bridging the racial wealth gap. In this role,  Ernest’s team drove JPMorgan’s multibillion dollar commitment to racial equity, serving as a strategic advisor  to senior management and community leaders on issues of economic opportunity for underserved  communities. 

Prior to leading the wealth division of Advancing Black Pathways, Ernest led large-scale change management  and transformation initiatives for JPMorgan in asset and wealth management, and investment banking.  Before JPMorgan, she held roles at consulting firms Navigant, Capco and Accenture, specializing in post merger and acquisition systems integration.  

Ernest graduated from the University of Reading in England with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and  management.