Bobby Dalton Guleng Roy
Bobby Dalton Guleng Roy is a second-generation Filipino American who was born in San Francisco, CA, and, after a brief stay in Vacaville, CA, raised in Sacramento, CA by a single mother and lola (grandmother in Pilipino, the official language of the Philippines).
With an affinity for history, Bobby Dalton participated and excelled at History Day, a national project-based academic competition, culminating with a second place finish at the National History Day competition in 1997 for his individual exhibit, “An Unforeseen Triumph of Tragic Event: The Port Chicago Mutiny”. It was through History Day that he learned what a primary source was, and had the opportunity to interview child survivors of the Holocaust, Attorney Edward Steinman who argued a case to the United State Supreme Court on behalf of students of Chinese descent for a meaningful public school education, and Black sailors in World War II who were wrongfully court martialed in a racially biased military. It was through exhibiting this project that he was challenged by members of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) to learn more about the history and experiences of Filipino Americans.
After graduating from Valley High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District in 1997, Roy attended the University of California, Davis. His education was suspended when his 60-year-old mother, in 2000, died from leiomeiosarcoma and he fell into a deep, six-year depression, which included living for a time with no hot water, no electricity, and foreclosure notices on his home. Determined not to let his lola live in such conditions, he was given an opportunity to work at the California Department of Education. Eventually, he reenrolled at UCD and earned a degree in Asian American Studies in 2008.
Bobby Dalton then went to work on disseminating start up grant funding for charter schools and was encouraged by a grantee to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. While hesitant at first, after his lola died at the age of 92 in 2010, he enrolled in Drexel University, earning his MBA in 2012.
A servant and advocate for education, Roy is a financial educator and coach, leading a team of people that help families earn more income, become properly protected, debt free, and financially independent. His organization’s focus is on serving middle income families who are largely underserved by traditional financial service companies, bringing Wall Street concepts to Main Street families. He also currently serves as a national trustee for FANHS, a treasurer for the Iu-Mien Community Services, a board member for the Philippine National Day Association (PNDA), an advisor for Rize All, a District Bargaining Unit Representative for SEIU Local 1000 Bargaining Unit 21, and servant leader in a variety of venues.
Roy is inspired each day by the words of Dr. Jose Rizal—“It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal.”