Maureen P. Ramirez

35 months

Maureen Ramirez started working at the University of Minnesota in 2001 in Latino student recruitment. She quickly saw how the system worked against students, particularly those who were undocumented, and was determined to act. Maureen started organizing Dream Act campaigns, but she knew she could do more by working to make changes within the system. With the help of a team of friends and supporters. she was elected to the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents. Maureen wants to continue to change institutions from within. She will use her Fellowship to further develop her leadership and administrative skills to become a transformative leader who can help restore trust in our public institutions.

Learning Logs

Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

I began last year envisioning my Fellowship as a bridge-building exercise. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge during my January trip to San Francisco solidified the imagery in my mind. I pictured myself beginning at one end of the bridge, rooted in my past experience in the nonprofit and public sector, and that I was using the Bush Fellowship and MBA program to get myself across to something new, as yet undefined, but likely to include a fabulous new job and career prospects.

As I finished the first semester of my EMBA program at the Carlson School of Management, I felt like I was between two worlds: the nonprofit world that I knew, and the business world that I was learning. I was aware of my surroundings, finding similarities and identifying tensions, and wondering where I fit in.

I found it helpful to visualize my learning journey as a bridge.

Maureen P. Ramirez Fellowships