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Carinel Ramirez was born in New York City to newly immigrated parents from Colombia and the Dominican Republic. She spent several childhood years living in South America but journeyed back to the United States with her mother settling in Pawtucket, RI at the age of nine. Having had limited exposure to the English language she was immediately enrolled in an English as Second Language (ESL) program in elementary school. By middle school she was able to reach English proficiency and test out of ESL which allowed her to embark on a college preparatory track. In 2000, she proudly graduated from Tolman High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Psychology and Communications from the University of Rhode Island in 2005.
Upon graduating from URI Carinel felt a strong duty to serve her community and fulfilled it by encouraging ESL and GED students to pursue their education through her work as Case Manager for Project Opportunity at Blackstone Valley Community Action Agency. After over a decade of experience in social services Carinel earned her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on government and nonprofit administration from Roger Williams University in May of 2015. She currently works as Program Manager for Healthy Families America at Children’s Friend. HFA is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program which aims to promote and strengthen positive parent-child relationships and prevent child abuse. Her passion is to drive progressive programming which empowers families and shapes Rhode Island to become a place where all families have a chance to not only survive but thrive.
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