Melissa Irizarry
Finance Director

Melissa A. Irizarry was born and raised in New York City, blessed with Puerto Rican parents, and lived on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. 

She has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in various positions. As Director of Finance for the Southeast Texas Food Bank, she oversees the organization’s financial stability and offers sound advice regarding spending and budget questions. Manages financial policies and procedures. Create usable budgets for the business, including evaluating the needs of each department in the long term. She manages the agency’s annual budget that is supported by food industry donations, individual and corporate donors, and the USDA. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting in Puerto Rico at “Universidad Inter-Americana de Puerto Rico” she has an associate degree in Theology and is currently pursuing her MBA in Finance from Lamar University. 

She has served in the private, not-for-profit, and government sectors as an Accountant, Director of Finance, Comptroller, Business Manager, Human Resource Specialist, and Financial Consultant for small businesses. She has helped small businesses overcome their financial struggles and focus on increasing revenues and managing staff members. She focused on the accounts receivable of the business and managed to increase the company’s revenue. 

As a former Finance Director of a Not-for-Profit Medical Facility, she states, “when I first arrived, they had no funds to purchase medical necessary supplies like syringes and gloves, and I looked at their finance and found funds were not utilized properly. We made simple changes, found ways to manage the finances better, and for the first time in 13 years, employees who had not received raises received a bonus.”

Personal accomplishments:  Served as a Youth Pastor for three years and directed and coordinated youth camps for 12 years. Raised funds for the camps for food and guest speakers. Melissa states: “My greatest accomplishments are written in lives that have been impacted by these youth camps and transformed. Today because of the youth camps, some serve as Pastors, Military overseas, Worship Leaders, and Singers.” Melissa currently serves as the Administrative Assistant in a not-for-profit organization and leads a women’s Bible Study group called “Diamonds in The Rough,” the idea of the group is to help women’s personal and spiritual growth. Melissa states: “I have found the greatest achievement in life is to serve.” 

Melissa enjoys music, writing, laughing, and engaging with people. She states: “I am perfectly imperfect and grateful to be known by the Almighty God. I never meet a stranger, only a distant acquaintance.”

Did you know that a $10 donation can provide up to 30 meals for desperate people in your community? By making a donation, you are helping to ensure that hungry children in Southeast Texas are adequately nourished, that none of our senior citizens are forced to chose between medicine and food, and that every family facing a crisis can at least have the assurance of food on the table.

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