Victor Ramirez lives his life paying it forward. For the Citi executive, who joined the MAOF Board of Directors a year ago and leads Citi’s Community Development efforts in the Los Angeles area, community service is a way of life. “There is no better way to serve than by giving my time and sharing my knowledge to help my community the way it helped me when I was growing up in Los Angeles,” he says.
A veteran of the banking industry, Ramirez’s volunteers his time at schools and organizations, introducing youth to topics of personal finance, asset building, and credit. “Youth and families need to know about their personal finances in order to make better consumer decisions, understand options available to them, and become financially self-reliant,” says Ramirez.
This summer and fall Ramirez and Citi colleague Jessie Mosqueda have teamed up to deliver a series of financial literacy workshops to high school students participating in MAOF’s Escalera college prep program. “I enjoy working with youth,” says Ramirez. “Knowing that I’m helping plant a seed in their mind on the importance of setting financial goals and achieving them is very gratifying.”
Ramirez’s reach would be limited, however, without his employers’ own commitment to the community and its support of employee volunteerism. “Citi has been a leader in the area of social responsibility and understands the importance of being a good corporate citizen. Our employees are encouraged to share their financial expertise with the local community and are allowed to take time during their work schedule to volunteer with nonprofit partners.”