Ethnic Gem: Lisa Ranglin

July 2013 Ethnid Gem Lisa Ranglin going to work

Ethnic Gem: Lisa A. Ranglin


Company:  Bank of America

Title:  Vice President

State: Rhode Island

Education:  BS, Computer Programming Technology, New England Technical College

PMP, Certified Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute (PMI)

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Bank of America

Written by:
Natascha Saunders, Contributing Writer


 Lisa A. Ranglin is an Ethnic Gem because she motivates, inspires, and provides the means for others to self-improve, and does this with humility and grace.


A Kingston, Jamaica native, Lisa has made Rhode Island her home for the past 26 years, and during this time she has prominently made her mark. She was voted “10 to Watch for 2013” by Providence Monthly. This notoriety came from work ethic, years of relationship building, advocating for advancement, and accepting the support that has helped her along the way.


As an industry leader, Lisa joined Bank of America in 2001 and currently holds the title of vice president. Her principal role is to manage large and complex technology and regulatory related projects, which impact multiple lines of business throughout our growing global economy. In this role, Lisa utilizes over ten years of experience in project management to improve business processes and implement organizational change management. As VP she leads a multi-faceted, diverse team of professionals to reach new levels of success. She achieves this by earning their trust, and fostering an environment of creativity. It has been said that the reason why Lisa obtains results is her ability to establish rapport and exude integrity.


Among Lisa’s many qualities is her ability to be an advocate. Lisa has the canny gift to identify opportunities for growth and to influence the community to work creatively to implement solutions that can benefit all. Recognizing that a gap existed in the leadership of urban business development, Lisa stepped up and founded the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA).  RIBBA is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Providence, RI. The organization’s mission is dedicated to enhancing the growth and economic development of Black and minority owned businesses by providing a forum and a base from which to competitively participate in the local and global economy. Lisa continuously plays a key advocacy role in the minority community by working to enhance Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life for all through her work with RIBBA and in collaboration with state/city and community leaders. She sees RIBBA continuing to positively impact the Rhode Island’s economy for many years to come. Lisa is a pragmatic voice of reason who strongly believes in collective abilities to move communities and the state as a whole to one of prosperity.


Lisa is a strong believer in continued personal and professional growth and development.  The community knows and respects her dedication, hard work and commitment to fairness, equity and common-sense leadership.  In 2001, Lisa set out on a journey to close the technological disparity that existed in the African American community. There was no organization in Rhode Island whose primary function was to provide information exchange, education and networking opportunities to minority technology professionals.  As a result of her journey, in 2002, she founded Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Rhode Island Chapter. BDPA has been committed ever since to delivering IT excellence to members, strategic partners, and local communities.


In the midst of it all, Lisa believes in the importance of passion. Lisa’s passion is to never lose sight of what is the right thing to do. She believes that we must continue to encourage a diverse, inclusive workplace which will gives the business advantage of understanding and satisfying the needs of diverse customers, clients and shareholders. This model provides fresh ideas and perspectives, which ultimately promotes ingenuity.


Acknowledging the shoulders on which she stands, Lisa credits many for her success. She thanks her mentors, family, teachers, community leaders and senior leadership at Bank of America, as well as, the leadership team in the Rhode Island Black Business Association. And most importantly, Lisa dedicates all of her work to her lovely daughter, beloved father Eric Ranglin, (1929 – 1982) and her mother Mavis Ranglin, who instilled in her the values of hard work, honesty, integrity and love for others.


Please join us in congratulating Lisa A. Ranglin as an Ethnic Gem of New England.


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