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Rachel Mraz spreads the wealth
Editor’s note: Each issue of the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a profile of one of the Business Journal’s reigning 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. The profile first appeared in the event program.
Rachel Mraz leads through example, both in her financial acumen professionally and through her commitment to philanthropy and community service.
As wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, Mraz endeavors to fulfill a family legacy by serving the individuals she works for at the DeVries, Freeburg & Mraz Group.
She takes great pleasure in assisting with clients’ financial planning and portfolio management and has attained several professional designations and certifications, requiring rigorous testing, ongoing education and adherence to high ethical standards.
Mraz is also a passionate philanthropist who has spearheaded local and national initiatives to inspire the next generation of philanthropists to get involved.
In 2010, she and her husband successfully completed a project to raise funds and break ground for a new building at an AIDS orphanage in Zimbabwe, an experience Mraz found helped her develop an even deeper appreciation for the philanthropic community in West Michigan.
More recently, she visited Costa Rica through her global philanthropy and has formed a giving group to connect West Michigan resources in an effort to provide sand-based water filters to Earth University and the local communities there.
In the community
Closer to home, Mraz has served several boards and committees: Family Business Alliance, Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, Davenport University Foundation, Saint Mary’s Doran Foundation, Van Andel Institute J-Board Ambassadors and the Council of Michigan Foundations.