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DR. JOANNA RAMIREZ BARRETT
Vice-President of Business Solutions
MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association)
Minneapolis

In her role as Vice President of Business Solutions at Meda, Dr. Joanna Ramirez Barrett oversees program and service development and evaluation, develops and executes organizational strategic goals, and ensures Meda’s continued adherence to internal and external standards. Prior to Meda, Dr. Ramirez Barrett held leadership positions at Xcel Energy, Northwest Area Foundation, and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Ramirez Barrett holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin.

Meda provides business consulting and lending to minority-owned businesses in Minnesota. Meda's vision is to create thriving communities through equal economic participation. Meda’s mission is to help minority entrepreneurs succeed. In 2016, Meda served 676 businesses through our combined service offerings and helped minority businesses create or retain 490 jobs. Since 1971, Meda has helped more than 20,000 entrepreneurs of color and assisted in the start-up of more than 550 businesses.

According to Dr. Ramirez Barrett, “I am so grateful to be considered for this position. My background includes the assessment and evaluation of nonprofits, programs, and social service systems. I also have expertise in strategic planning, budgeting, and ensuring adequate resource management. These skills make me a strong candidate for the MCN board of directors.

Meda's five-year strategic plan aligns with that of MCN. Specifically, to include and engage nonprofits to address disparities. Not only are 100% of Meda clients ethnic minorities, we are engaged in an ecosystem development project with several ethnically-focused nonprofits led by people of color. This work can greatly inform MCN's strategic goal to increase access to resources of underserved communities. We are so blessed to live in a state that not only has the best non-profit member organization in the country but the most generous people as well. I am excited to be a part of an organization that is working to make Minnesota a great place to live for ALL Minnesotans regardless of age, ability, race, ethnicity or preference”.

For more information about Meda, visit: http://meda.net/