Richard is Founder, President & CEO of the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, a national nonprofit intermediary whose purpose is to fund and expand the capacity of nonprofits serving high-risk Latino youth and families. Under his leadership, the Latino Coalition has received over $30 million in grants using the it to serve in over 30 cities in eight states awarding over $20 million in grants to over 100 community and faith-based organizations since 2004.
Ramos is also a leading expert on gang prevention. He is the author of; Got Gangs?: Practical Guidance for Parents/Teachers on a Mission for Gang Prevention/Intervention (2006) and Gang Prevention and Schools – The Ultimate Parent & Teacher Guide on How to Prevent Kids From Joining Gangs (2008).
His third book: From The Margins To The Mainstream – Preparing Latino Youth For Leadership In The 21st Century (Xulon Press, 2013), is being used in school districts in California and Colorado to mentor promising future Latino leaders. In addition, his parent leadership curriculum, “Parents on a Mission”, is being used throughout the United States and was recently adopted by the Colorado Department of Corrections as their pre-release program for parent inmates.
Richard holds a BA in Physical Ed. from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and a MS in Education/Counseling from Cal Lutheran College. For his thirty years of community service and his work in the field of human rights and interfaith understanding, he has received numerous accolades and awards including recognition by President George W. Bush, The United States Congress, The California State Assembly, and Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapels Board.
Ramos knows the challenges of his community. Early in his career he served as a correctional officer in both state and federal prisons; a Juvenile Hall instructor and at-risk junior high and high school counselor; a co-founding director of a gang intervention/prevention community coalition; a director of a Latino youth and family teen center; a Senior Pastor for sixteen years; and a founding director of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County. These experiences and his continued work in leading in his community has made him a sought after speaker on community and Latino leadership.
Richard speaks to hundreds of professionals, community leaders, political leaders and students each year. To meet him or book him as a speaker for your next event, fill out the form below or call (805) 331-0902.