This week, Pasadena resident, Raymond Ealy was recognized by Assemblymember Chris Holden and the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) as the 41st Assembly District’s Unsung Heroes for his positive impact in the community. An Unsung Hero is defined as a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution — a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged. The California Legislative Black Caucus established the Black History Month Unsung Hero Award to recognize individuals who have contributed selflessly to their respective districts.
“Ray is an example of leadership -- by putting the work in today, for generations to come,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Through his dedication to empowering youth, he has worked with over 50,000 students – giving them toolkits for success and self-confidence to enter and excel in their careers. I commend him and STEAM:Coders.”
Ealy is the Executive Director/Founder of STEAM:CODERS, a nonprofit that inspires underserved and underrepresented students and their families through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), in preparation for academic and career opportunities. He has over 28 years of management experience in the nonprofit, financial services and retail sectors with Bank of America, Countrywide Financial Services, Security Pacific Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
“At STEAM:CODERS, our goal is to provide underserved and underrepresented K-12 students with the resources that they need to be competitive,” said Ray Ealy. “We tell students that their competition is not the student next to them in class, but students from across the country and around the world. This is why we want to equip them with the essential tools for future academic and career success – logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving.”