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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

HBCU Grad Becomes Youngest Black Person to Receive Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Angel Rich

Nationwide — Honoring her esteemed leadership and service, Angel Rich-Jones, a graduate of Hampton University, has become the youngest African American HBCU grad to receive the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award signed by President Joe Biden. The annual awards highlight those “who exhibit outstanding character, work ethic and dedication to their communities.

At 36 years old, Angel is a wealth pioneer, the author of the bestseller book History of the Black Dollar, and the founder of AI FinTech App CreditRich which rounds up users’ spare change to pay their bills intelligently and optimize their credit score as fast as possible. Over the last two years, Angel became the first Black woman to start a neo-bank and the first Black person to form a strategic partnership with a credit bureau.

“I am thankful to the administration to receive such a prestigious award at such a young age. For just as many accomplishments behind me there are significantly more DEI mountains to climb, financial freedom battles to win, and technology wars to conquer,” added Angel who is coined the Next Steve Jobs by Forbes and recognized as one of the world’s top financial experts. “I am blessed to have passion and vision from God to lead my work, company, and communities where we aim to make a big change.”

The company looks forward to launching its CreditRich Visa Signature Debit Cards and hosting The Gift of Credit Celebrity Charity Concert early next year.

In addition to her company, Angel proudly serves on the board of Bowie State University and 757 Angels, as well as the President of #BlackTechMatters PAC which promotes equality in employment, education, and entrepreneurship, laying a global foundation for connectivity and climbing to #2 in the world for promoting Black tech entrepreneurs.

The other joy she treasures is founding the WealthyLife Foundation to create equal access to financial literacy for everyone everywhere, helping hundreds of thousands of people across the globe through games, classes, online courses, and more. WealthyLife was named the best financial literacy company in the country by The Obama White House, the Department of Education, and JP Morgan Chase.

In Angel’s early years she authored the first African American Financial Experience Study and led President Obama’s Veterans Initiative Research Study to help design the plan to bring the troops home while at Prudential. Stemming from a long line of veterans, Angel is a proud graduate of HillVets who enjoys supporting the community and country.

The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award was presented on Juneteenth at Matthew Memorial Baptist Church, hosted by the Reverend Dr. George Holmes in Washington, DC. According to Holmes, Angel received the award from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for her dedication to the community to help change lives through financial literacy. Holmes stated that “Angel has a profound amount of knowledge about building wealth and entrepreneurship that the country can benefit from.”

Holmes also invited the crowd to Angel’s after-parties hosted at Sequoia in Georgetown and the new HQ DC by the Burns Brothers who were gracious to open their doors for a private celebration on Juneteenth.

Angel has helped more than 300 prominent public and private organizations expand DEI initiatives, expand thought leadership and protect national security.

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