Maricar L. Ramos

Senior Manager, Foundation Partnerships

Maricar brings over a decade of experience in philanthropy, fundraising, education and workforce development to Education Design Lab as the Senior Manager, Foundation Partnerships working on building and maintaining partnerships with foundations to support the amazing work of the Lab!

Prior to joining the Lab, Maricar was the Executive Director for Evanston Cradle to Career, Senior Manager, Workforce Development for the Chicago Public Schools, and the Program Officer for several private and family foundations. She is excited to join the Lab because she is passionate about racial equity and social justice and because this new role is a perfect combination of her previous fundraising, education, and workforce development experience!

HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois

BACHELOR’S: A.B. in Psychology & Pre-Medicine, University of Chicago

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… traveling, traveling, traveling. AND spending time with family; checking out new restaurants; meditating; practicing yoga; facilitating racial healing circles; coaching and providing support to families and their young people around life transitions (e.g., high school to post-secondary).