Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FCSV) volunteer Michael Messier, a native of Cranston, was named the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) 2017 volunteer of the year.
The award was presented to Messier by Representative Scott Peters (D-CA), Messier’s Congressman in his now home of San Diego, at an event on Capitol Hill celebrating International Volunteer Day. Messier also received a U.S. Senate Certificate of Recognition from Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA).
Messier served as a volunteer expert on four FSVC projects in 2017 on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), traveling to Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and twice to Jordan.
Through his efforts, Messier has helped scores of motivated individuals across Africa and the Middle East to improve their legal and regulatory frameworks to combat criminal financial activity.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award from VEGA today, celebrating the importance of volunteerism,” Messier said during his acceptance speech. “Combating these criminal and terrorist organizations is an international challenge. I am proud to be a part of the global fight, and even more proud to have worked and served with individuals of good will who are striving to make a difference.”
Messier has over fifteen years of experience as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent, including six years working in Mexico City coordinating significant drug and money laundering investigations and enforcement operations with the government of Mexico. He also spent five years at Bank of America in Mexico City as a managing director, where he developed and led the Latin American region under Global Financial Crimes and Compliance.
The International Volunteer Day event on Capitol Hill convened a broad spectrum of skilled volunteers, bipartisan congressional champions, leadership from the U.S. Agency for International Development, volunteer-sending organizations and experts from the private sector to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to effective U.S. global development. Participants also discussed a new initiative to leverage pro-bono private sector expertise to reduce poverty and promote prosperity worldwide.
“Building bridges, and not walls, through volunteerism allows well-meaning, talented people to overcome complex, global challenges,” Messier said in conclusion. “I am grateful to be able to play a role in these efforts through my work with FSVC.”