Ryan E. Figueroa serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Malden Rising Leaders Inc., joining its ranks in July of 2018.
Prior to joining MRL, Ryan has been involved in the nonprofit world, dedicating himself to youth work and the advancement of underrepresented populations. Upon his entry into the professional world, Ryan became involved with City Year Boston, where he mentored Boston Public School students in increasing their attendance, behavior and coursework at the Higginson-Lewis K8 in Roxbury, MA. Ryan has also been involved with the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound program based in Cambridge, MA where he served as the Residential Supervisor for their academic-enrichment summer program at Wellesley College.
Following his involvement with MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound, he served as the College Access Coordinator for the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston, MA. In this role he ensured that a caseload of 150+ high school juniors and seniors reached the milestones necessary for high school graduation and college acceptance. Under the West End House umbrella, Ryan simultaneously oversaw the Brian J. Honan Fellowship Program, an initiative to empower youth from around Boston to become engaged, influence change in their community, develop leadership skills, and stimulate an interest in public service.
He is an active member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., whose Brotherhood is dedicated to “Pan-Americanism”, or the peaceful unification of all Latino sub-groups.
Ryan graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and minor in Sociology. He recently made a transition to the Finance Industry, where he assists in helping Capital One achieve its mission of bringing humanity back to banking – through volunteerism and financial literacy.
Malden Rising Leaders Inc. (MRL) is a non-profit corporation founded in Malden, Massachusetts in 2017. MRL’s focus is youth leadership and development through scholarship support and mentoring. Its mission is to help Malden’s young leaders engage, organize and advance their community’s development, by advocating on behalf of families. MRL provides a yearly scholarship to Malden High School graduating seniors to further their studies in the field of education, entrepreneurship, nonprofit, and public service.