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Marcy Reyes  

Social Entrepreneur, Equity Champion, Founder & CEO of The Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative

Marcy Reyes is an internationally recognized businesswoman, and change maker, is the Founder and CEO of The Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides culturally responsive financial literacy programming to underserved and underrepresented students; empowering youth with the knowledge, skills and experiences to end generational poverty.

As a Puerto Rican woman born into a family with little resources or support networks and with approximately 20 years of accumulated experience in the areas of finance, education and healthcare, Reyes is uniquely suited to understand the challenges of the community she serves. She started her own academic career by putting herself through Rhode Island College and later received her Masters in Finance from Northeastern University.

In addition to her work with The FLY Initiative, Reyes serves, as an adjunct faculty member in Rhode Island College's School of Business, is the former Assistant Vice President of Consumer Credit for Santander Bank, N.A., and is the current Director of the Individual Segment at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI).

In 2017, Reyes was credited for establishing a partnership between RIC and BCBSRI to bring in skilled Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking students to participate in internship opportunities. In recognition of her contributions to further diversity, Reyes was honored with the Ronald McDonald House Women's Leadership Award. Reyes was also credited by Providence Business News for bringing much-needed diversity to one of the state's most prominent corporations and was the 2018 recipient of the Rhode Island College Young Alumni Award in recognition of her contributions to the college and the community.

In 2018, Reyes was also presented with the BCBSRI IDEA award from CEO, Kim Keck – for spearheading important work to improve healthcare accessibility, which was highlighted in the article, “Paving a new road to help multilingual Patients better manage their care.”.

Reyes is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island's Pi ll Class and was recently recognized as Female Executive of the Year, Mentor or Coach of the Year and Female Innovator of the Year at the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business; the world’s premier business awards. Reyes’s work has been featured on WPRI 12 Eyewitness News, The Rhode Show, Next Gen Personal Finance’s national podcast and in Providence Journal’s People on The Move in RI.

Reyes has presented as an invited guest at the RI State Treasurer’s round table and has been recognized for her contributions to Treasurer Magaziner’s white paper “Fallen Behind”. In addition to her many achievements, Reyes proudly serves her community as a member of the BCBSRI Diversity and Inclusion Council, as Chairwoman of [email protected], an employee business resource group (EBRG), on the Rhode Island College Alumni Association, Federal Hill House and Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Board of Directors and as a YearUp mentor and educator.

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