11.14.19

Honoring the work of Elvira Ramos

On October 11, 2019, the Hon. Joe Neguse honored longtime staff member Elvira Ramos for her many contributions toward the foundation's equity vision as follows. We add our gratitude and congratulations to Elvira! 

 
There are people in every community who are the gears that make the entire engine run, and who make their homes better, stronger and more interconnected. On the precipice of her retirement, I wish to honor one of those people from my community, Elvira Ramos. For over a decade, Elvira served the Community Foundation of Boulder County in grantmaking, mentorship, and as co-director of the Leadership Fellows Program. We have been blessed by her service and commitment to all of us, and now it is our chance to honor her.
 
An experienced trainer and facilitator, one of Elvira's greatest gifts to the Colorado community is her willingness to mentor and further the leadership skills of others, focusing especially on those from communities that are too often overlooked. She has led workshops in board and leadership development, inclusive leadership, volunteer management and strategic planning. Elvira convenes thoughtful, thorough conversations that tackle critical subjects and empower others with knowledge and expertise which they can pay forward to create a more just and representative society.
 
Elvira has made inclusivity and diversity pillars of her work. As an activist and philanthropist, she has built beloved and vital local organizations, ensuring that these organizations were always reaching outwards and creating more space at the table. Elvira has worked to create permanent and positive change through civic engagement and has built a foundational legacy upon which new community leaders will stand. Each of us are truly fortunate to feel the effects of her life's work.
 
One of Elvira's favorite quotes comes from Lao Tzu: "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.'' Though for countless Coloradans Elvira has emulated this exact form of leadership, kindly and gently guiding so many of us on a righteous path, today I would like to shine a bright light on her myriad contributions and powerful influence for good. The Colorado community wishes Elvira happiness and relaxation in her retirement, and sends our endless gratitude for her many contributions.
 
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov].