Associate Director of Youth Leadership
Melanie Ramirez is the Associate Director of Youth Leadership at LA Promise Fund. She oversees administrative, logistical, programmatic, and communications tasks related to one of LAPF’s flagship programs, Girls Build, which achieves large-scale outcomes through direct partnerships with students, teachers, and schools.
Before joining LA Promise Fund, she worked at the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles as Camp Lakota’s Health and Inclusion Manager. She has dedicated her career to serving youth in nonprofit organizations such as Aviva Family and Children’s Services, The Help Group, and YMCA. Ramirez is a macro social worker with a passion for leadership development and social justice initiatives.
Ramirez pursued her Bachelor of Social Work at SDSU and her Master of Social Work at CSULB. While studying for her master’s, she specialized in Integrated Health and how social workers can address health inequities from a preventative and holistic perspective.
As a multicultural person, Ramirez strives to empower BIPOC youth to be leaders in their own communities. She believes that in order to address historical and current marginalization within BIPOC communities the youth and their families need to be involved in the change-making process. Everyone can make a difference in their community!