Richard Vazquez was elected to the Latinos LEAD governing board in July 2021. A veteran of the
finance world of commercial and investment banking, Richard spent the first four years of his
career with Sanwa Bank providing commercial loans to middle market companies. He
transitioned to Lehman Brothers where he provided corporate finance and advisory services to
companies ranging from pre-IPO to Fortune 500. While at Lehman Brothers, he was a Vice
President in the Mergers & Acquisitions group in New York and a Senior Vice President in the
Global Financial Sponsors group in Los Angeles. During his seven-year tenure, Richard helped
companies solve their financial and strategic challenges. He completed transactions totaling
over $100 billion in value during his investment banking career.
In 2009, Richard pursued his lifelong ambition of working in the education sector. He worked
for two years at Excellent Education Development where he served as the VP of School Finance.
Richard then co-founded V&C Solutions in 2011 to help charter schools with financial and
compliance management. In 2014, Richard started Fintegy Consulting to diversify his focus from
strictly charter schools to other areas of nonprofit, including private schools, after-school care
programs and churches.
Richard received his BA in Economics and Rhetoric, with a minor in Business Administration,
from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received his MBA, with an emphasis in
Accounting and Finance, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern