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Valeriano (Val) Ramos

Director of Strategic Alliances and Equity Officer

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Why I work at Everyday Democracy:

I enjoy working at Everyday Democracy because of our great team-work, focus on social/racial equity, and commitment to making all communities better!

 

What I love about what I do:

As Director of Strategic Alliances I get to work with many others to disseminate and scale our principles and democracy reform work. I get to travel and meet very interesting and committed people who share our view for a better democracy and stronger communities that work for everyone. My work contributes to leveraging our resources, creating regional and national networks, and developing anchor partnerships that build community capacity on dialogue-to-change.

As Equity Officer, I work with our staff on fostering an organizational culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, and racial and ethnic equity. I do this as Chair of the Equity Team at Everyday Democracy, a fantastic group of colleagues who work hard to increase our learning and bring an equity lens to all aspects of our organization and our work. We also have a lot of fun and learn a great deal from each other.

 

How I got here:

I always say that my work at Everyday Democracy brings together many years of experience in a variety of areas that are very relevant to what we do. For example, I bring expertise and experience in public policy research and advocacy, higher education, program development, and community outreach and organizing. Before coming to Everyday Democracy, I was director of constituent services under former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. I have also worked with the Latino/Hispanic community in Connecticut for  many years including Tu Voto Si Cuenta, Yale College, Guakia, Inc., and the Connecticut Association for United Spanish Action (C.A.U.S.A.).

After my appointment at the Secretary of the State's Office ended, I was looking for a new challenge that would help me use all my expertise in political and community organizing work. I have found it at Everyday Democracy!

I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in economics and Spanish from Yale College and a master’s degree in politics from New York University. I am Puerto Rican (born in New York City and grew up in Puerto Rico) and am bilingual and bi-cultural.

 

What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

In my spare time, I am also an internationally-renowned professional Flamenco guitarist with touring, recording, and teaching experience. I also enjoy playing chess, travel, movies, music, and enjoying the company of family and friends.

I have two wonderful sons—Julian and Adrian--both attending college. I also enjoy my free time with my loving companion, Tere Luna!

 

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.