McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Elizabeth “Liz” Ramirez as Chief Executive Officer at the Chicano Federation. In this new role, Elizabeth will serve as the Chicano Federation’s leader establishing and executing a vision for community impact achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff, and volunteers. As the steward of the Chicano Federation, she will be responsible for leveraging the power of relationships and networks and works across private, public, and corporate sectors to work toward the betterment and well-being of San Diego County.

Prior to joining the Chicano Federation, Elizabeth served as Chief Impact Officer at Promises2Kids, an organization providing support for foster children in San Diego County. She was raised on both sides of the border in the Imperial Valley and comes from a low-income, immigrant, and first-generation household. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC San Diego and pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling in an effort to address equity gaps in education. Her passion and voice for the underserved will serve as a guiding light as the organization seeks to expand its impact and increase the visibility of its programs throughout greater San Diego County.

The Chicano Federation is the lead advocate for health equity and ensuring that the well-being of their most impacted communities is a top priority in San Diego County. The Chicano Federation’s programs and services address the community’s most critical needs by offering subsidized care for infants and toddlers, early childhood education programs, healthy meals for over 7,500 children each month, hundreds of units of affordable housing throughout San Diego, and a workforce development program that has helped hundreds of women start family childcare homes across San Diego County.  Now in its 52nd year, the Chicano Federation’s vision of ensuring diverse communities thrive is being realized through a wealth of programs aimed at building resiliency and promoting self-sufficiency.

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Partner Sue Waterbury and Senior Research Associate Josh Nichols.