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Remi Duyile is a mother, wife, and a proven business leader with over 30 years of Banking and community engagement experience. After over 30 years of community service and advocacy, she is running for Maryland State Delegate, District 23B to be a voice for the residents of her district. As an engaged and attentive member of the Prince George’s community for over 39 years, she has seen and heard the needs of the residents of District 23B and desires to elevate the level of service in a way that is impactful. Through dedicated service and collaboration, her goal is to advocate for policies and legislation that will further
- Expand Economic inclusion, workforce, and small business development
- Increase Investment in public education for all our children
- Decrease health disparities and expand access to quality health care
- Advocate for parental inclusion and engagement on child education matters
- Improve support services for seniors and veterans
- Increase resources to ensure our communities safety
Remi’s goal as Delegate is to ensure that she represents the interest of all families, demographics, and small businesses that call District 23B home – especially members who haven’t received the service, attention, and inclusion that they deserve. As a delegate, Remi will be a leader who does not wait for change but will seek out opportunities and establish strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, small businesses, families, and community members. She will utilize her experience in Banking and leadership engagement to implement innovative, long-term, sustainable solutions that create pathways for meaningful inclusion, diversity, and a flourishing community.
Remi also wants to see more women in elected positions to help pave a way for increased representation of minority politicians to shape policy priorities and attitudes around issues unique to their needs. Her vision is to help influence legislation that underscores succession leadership with accountability.
Remi emigrated to the United States as a teenager in quest of a good education. She put herself through college by babysitting, earning both her Bachelors of Science and MBA from the University of the District of Columbia. Remi also holds an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Humane Letters from GODSU and Ambassador of Peace designation from the Universal Peace Federation.
Remi’s first job out of graduate school was working as a teller for the Bank of America. Through her hard work and dedication to excellent customer service, her talent as a leader was quickly recognized. Remi rose through various key leadership roles and eventually became the Vice President of the Bank of America in a span of 7 years. In addition to Remi’s demanding duties as a VP, she made it a priority to immerse herself in volunteer community outreach and engagements. It was through these interactions and seeing the disparity in the financial literacy of underserved communities, that Remi developed a passion for advocacy. Her consistent community presence, ability to listen, and willingness to champion financial literacy allowed her to use her influence to bring necessary resources and educational materials into schools and community centers. Her time working throughout various roles and sections of Bank of America gave her a strong sense of duty to ensure that young people begin to learn how to properly manage money early in life and volunteer strategically.
She also became a member of the Board of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce in 2006. Dissatisfied with the level of inclusion Remi was instrumental in a campaign to grow the Chamber of Commerce’s membership number and to create space that would elevate the chamber’s ability to better serve the needs of small businesses. During her tenure on the board of directors, she worked to see the small, struggling chamber of commerce transformed into one of the largest and most progressive in the state of Maryland. Remi’s role included the recruitment of small and minority businesses as she understood that small businesses are the backbone of America, Maryland, and Prince George’s County. In just 3 years Remi worked with the Chamber to grow the membership from a few hundred to over 1000 associate members with both large corporations as well as mom-and-pop small businesses represented. These efforts – enabled them to thrive during a terrible recession and enabled people to sustain their families while maintaining the quality of life standards.
Community Advocacy & Engagement
Since the beginning of her professional career, Remi has been a passionate community advocate who understands that change is initiated from within the community and through service. As such in 2007 Remi founded the Legacy Premier Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission of serving Prince George’s County with programs in financial literacy, mentorship, small business development, and community investment. In its 14 years of operations, under Remi’s leadership, Legacy Premier has successfully impacted over 500 hundred small businesses.
Through the non-profit, Remi regularly hosts free community workshops to assist small businesses with accessing resources such as grants, low-interest loans and putting together business plans to successfully apply for funding. Consistent with her passion for financial literacy Remi became an adjunct professor of Finance at Bowie State University where she has taught for the past two years and shapes the minds of young future business leaders.
Remi was a founding member of the Global Engagement Committee of Bowie State University School of business and also serves as a Mentor for the Bowie State University Leadership & Mentoring Academy. She currently serves on the legislative and the empowerment committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince George’s County chapter, which is an advocacy non-profit organization that works as a change agent to influence policy that promotes gender equity in health, education, and economic empowerment.
In addition, Remi is currently a board member of the Sisters 4 Sisters Network incorporated and is working as a chair for the international entrepreneurship committee.
Remi is a proud alumnus of Emerge Maryland and the prestigious Legacy Program through the University of Maryland.