Closing the Equity Gap Through Education, Entrepreneurship and Employment

Richard Martinez, Jr.

President and CEO

Young Americans Center for Financial Education



As President and CEO of Young Americans, Rich is responsible for managing and ensuring the success of Young Americans Bank and the nonprofit programs of Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Prior to becoming president in 2007, Rich served as Senior Vice President and CFO, managing the bank’s operations, regulatory compliance functions and investment portfolios, along with the information systems and technology functions for the organization. He joined the bank in 1999 after serving as a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch. Rich holds a Bachelors degree in Finance & Real Estate from CSU and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University.


Rich was appointed by Governor Ritter to serve on the State of Colorado Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education in 2010, and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2014. He was also appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado State Banking Board in 2011, and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2014. Rich also serves on the University of Denver – Bridge Project scholarship committee and the University of Denver – Latino Leadership Institute Board of Directors. He was also appointed and served on the CollegeInvest board of directors and is a past member of the Colorado Nonprofit Association Board of Directors.


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