President and Founding Partner
Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, a company committed to improving the quality of life of Filipino artisans living in less advantaged communities. Rags2Riches provides a fully integrated and sustainable livelihood platform to communities who desire to increase their incomes, gain access to social services, and build a roadmap for them and their families to get out poverty. The platform consists of three basic building blocks to achieve scale and sustainability: design integration, skills training and market access. Since its establishment, Rags2Riches has trained 900 Filipino community-based artisans. Fernandez-Ruiz and Rags2Riches have been recognized internationally through the Business In Development Challenge Award, Ecouterre, Fast Company, Sundance Channel, British Vogue and others.