Group O has appointed Alfred Ramirez  vice president of government relations and diversity. In this role, Mr. Ramirez will be responsible for identifying and developing key initiatives, relationships and opportunities across government, diversity and enterprise environments that align to and deliver on the company’s business strategy and growth goals. He will be a key corporate leader, managing and executing the programs and tactics to support existing and new strategic account development. Mr. Ramirez will be based out of Group O corporate headquarters in Milan, Illinois.

Mr. Ramirez brings a broad range of high-profile experience leading diversity and inclusion strategies, recruitment and retention plans, and executive and organizational leadership development. In the Clinton Administration, he served as a special assistant to the president as associate director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel; senior advisor at the Corporation for National Service; and executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Ramirez began his career as faculty adviser and assistant director of admissions and minority recruitment for Columbia University. He was special assistant to former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and a corporate recruiter and human resource specialist at Transamerica. Most recently, Mr. Ramirez served as president of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Group O will continue to support the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC). Mr. Ramirez will serve as a full GQCHCC board member and provide strategic direction to operations, programs, and services. He currently serves on the boards of Iowa Public Television, the national Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC), and the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Management Program. He is also a former member of the Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs and the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). Originally from East Los Angeles, California, he resides in Rock Island, Illinois.

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