“In 2007, I traveled to Washington D.C. to receive the prestigious ‘Coming up Taller’ award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush for the positive changes I had made after being incarcerated. While in D.C., I read many inspirational quotes that motivated me to want to empower Latino and Black communities. Community Coalition has been the tool I have used to help residents of South LA achieve change.”
Jose is a native of Guatemala. He migrated to the U.S. at a young age and was raised in Compton, California for most of his life. He attended the College of the Siskiyous where he graduated with an AA degree. Jose joined Community Coalition in 2014 as an Outreach worker. Before coming to the Community Coalition, he worked for the Coalition for Engaged Education-HOPE (CEE-HOPE) as a Youth Navigator. Jose Ramirez is truly a success story. His mother passed away at an early age and was also undocumented for many years. He has overcome all of these challenges and is now a proud US citizen.