We go beyond your typical financial advisers to find solutions that fit your life.



At Paragon Financial Partners, we believe your desired financial goals should not be delayed until you reach the proverbial age of retirement. We believe living for today, while planning for tomorrow are crucial elements of a healthy financial mindset for a full and rich life. Our long-term financial planning philosophy stretches beyond a narrow focus on saving, saving, saving, but also stresses the importance of celebrating your life’s success as you and your wealth continue to prosper.


Your personal life and your financial life are not separate. At Paragon Financial Partners, we help clients effectively manage their finances while also helping them reach their personal life goals. Traditionally, most financial advisors are numbers focused – budgets, investments, and taxes without taking a holistic view of your life’s goals, experiences, and emotions. The advisors at Paragon Financial Partners go beyond the numbers in order to align your financial goals with your life’s motivations. Our advisors seek to discover what moves you; what inspires you in order to create a life plan that helps you align your financial behaviors and mindset with your personal values and expectations.

Get To Know US


Evan Shorten

Founder & Principal of Paragon Financial Partners

Evan graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, Management from the California State University, Northridge. In addition, Evan earned his Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to founding Paragon Financial Partners, Evan spent over 11 years as Vice President with Fidelity Investments in Century City California. During his tenure Evan worked with wealthy families, individuals, and entrepreneurs managing up to $1.96 billion in assets. Evan is a member of the Financial Planning Association which requires a commitment to the highest standards of professional competence, ethical conduct, and complete disclosure for financial professionals.

Evan takes a holistic approach to financial life planning and partners with his clients on their journey to financial clarity and empowerment. Evan goes beyond the typical financial planning duties and advises his clients on how to align their money mindset with their life’s financial desires and needs.

Evan and his wife have been married for 16 years and have two children. Evan and his family are involved in supporting children’s charitable organizations and the Jewish community.


Elean Mendoza

Financial Planner

Elean Manuel Mendoza is a Financial Advisor at Paragon Financial Partners and the host of our YouTube channel, Project MoneyTV. He works directly with our clients and is responsible for the firm’s marketing and media initiatives.

Prior to joining Paragon Financial Partners, Elean worked as an Investment Advisor Associate at Kayne Anderson Rudnick in Century City, California. Elean is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he began his securities career at JP Morgan Chase Bank as a Registered Representative.

Elean graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Riverside. Elean currently resides in the Korea Town neighborhood of Los Angeles. He likes to spend his free time discovering new restaurants, snowboarding, writing and recording music.

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