John Ramirez, Jr.
Founding Executive Director

John Ramirez, Jr. is a performance-driven, forward-thinking, dynamic and accomplished leader of 23 years with broad experience in education, governing board relations, communications, human resources and fiscal management fields.

A creative problem solver with a proven record of creating successful strategic and operational improvement with large and diverse teams, John is recognized as a strategic and operational leader among government agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, business leaders, and community partners at the regional, state, and national level.

John is a proud father of two children and shares the Eureka! belief that no child should be excluded from the opportunity to succeed in school and life.


San José State University – Clear Professional Administrative Services Credential, 2001; Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential, 1996

Harvard University – MA Education, Human Development, 1995

Santa Clara University – BA, Ethnic Studies,1994


2010 - Commendation, City of Salinas

2005 - ACSA Administrator of the Year

2004 - Alisal Betterment Association Educator of the Year