Mariah Ramirez, JV Program Coordinator (she/her)
Hi there! My name is Mariah Ramirez (she/her). I live in Helena, Montana, where I grew up in a bed and breakfast with my five younger siblings. I studied psychology at Carroll College, and was part of the first class to graduate with a minor in gender studies. I worked in child and adolescent mental health services in Helena and Kalispell until moving to Seattle for grad school in 2015.
In Seattle, I got to experience local and global systemic justice work firsthand. I worked with youth and senior citizens experiencing displacement and homelessness, advocated for my classmates through the Graduate Student Council, and tackled fundraising and nonprofit partnership through an internship with sub-Saharan maternal health organization One by One (now partnered with Worldwide Fistula Fund). I was faced with questions of privilege, equity, and white saviorism, themes that have continued to challenge and hold me accountable in all aspects of my life.
After graduating Seattle University with my Masters in Transformational Leadership in 2018, I returned to Helena in hopes of bringing some of what I learned back to my home state. Since then, I’ve worked in community impact and organizing, equitable housing efforts, and programs to support families facing personal and systemic difficulties. I am so grateful to be applying these experiences to my role here at JVC Northwest!
Whenever possible, I love going on impromptu road trips or catching live music, but you’re just as likely to find me taking over the kitchen to craft an elaborate meal or scribbling in one of my countless notebooks. By far my favorite activity, though, is anything I get to do with my son, James Ignatius. (The Jesuit roots run deep in my family. 😉) Right now, our favorite topics include dinosaurs, soccer, Princess Jasmine, and the Sound of Music. He is also thrilled to be part of the JVC Northwest family, and has already dubbed the JVs his “bumblebees.”
We are so blessed to be part of this community!
Want to contact Mariah? Email her or contact her at 971.353.6847.