Shelly Marquez joined Mercy Housing in May 2022 as the president of the Mountain Plains region. Marquez leads the Mountain Plains region’s operations, including real estate development, fundraising and resident services. Marquez has been a community development leader for over 30 years in the financial services industry – including 19 years serving communities with low and moderate incomes. She brings commercial lending experience in serving the needs of business customers across the state. She is a thought leader in financial health with deep expertise in asset building, particularly in underbanked communities. Before retiring from Wells Fargo with 28 years of service in 2022, Marquez held the position of Senior Vice President of Community Relations – leading a team across a 13-state region. In her role, she managed a philanthropic budget to deploy grants to local markets and was responsible for community outreach, stakeholder engagement and reputation activities across the region. Marquez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude from Colorado Christian University. She has been a recipient of the “Outstanding Women in Business Award” from the Denver Business Journal and currently serves on numerous boards in the community including the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, Community First Foundation and Energize Colorado.

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