Angelina Ramirez

 
Board of Supervisors
Title: Board of Supervisors Intern
Angelina Ramirez


Angelina Ramirez is an intern for the Linn County Board of Supervisors for summer 2019. She is going into her sophomore year at Coe College, double majoring in Political Science and Social & Criminal Justice. She plans to attend law school and eventually become a U.S. Senator. 

Originally from California and then later moving to Arizona, Angelina has spent the majority of her life on the West Coast. She moved to Iowa purely to understand how this area of the country lives, and strives to immerse herself within Iowa politics. 

Although she has only lived in Iowa for less than year, Angelina is active within the community already—working with local non-profit organizations to gain a deeper understanding of the positive impact that Iowa has upon its citizens. She has worked directly with the Reintegration Initiative for Safety and Empowerment (RISE) Program to raise donations that help people recently released from incarceration reintegrate into the local workforce and community and reduce recidivism. Angelina was a volunteer teacher for the Catherine McAuley Center, teaching refugee immigrants the English language to further assist their integration into the American lifestyle. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, building and painting homes for struggling community members.

In addition to her service in the community, Angelina works for Coe College as the Student Coordinator of Civic Engagement. This has given her the opportunity to connect the students of Coe with the city of Cedar Rapids. She has spearheaded many voting engagement events, and worked on the last Election Day to personally drive community members to-and-from voting precincts. Angelina helped organize Coe’s first Community-Campus Showcase event that allowed local organizations to meet professors at the college and create real-life, hands-on curriculum that can be applied within the classroom. She is currently working to expand this event to other universities and colleges in Linn County, as well as lower-income high schools. 

Angelina is a part of many on-campus extra-curricular activities at Coe including Model UN, where she served as a delegate in Chicago this past year; the Multicultural Fusion Club that focuses on the inclusion of students coming from different cultural or ethnic backgrounds; Political Science Club that aims to keep students up-to-date in local and federal legislation; and Black Self-Educated Organization. 
Prior to college, Angelina worked on the Dysart (Arizona) School District Curriculum Board, which allowed her to take part in the discussion and implementation of new curriculum within the district’s K-12 schools. She was also a part of a select group of high-performing high school students to interview and assist in the selection of a new District Superintendent. 

Angelina was also selected to go to Arizona Girls State, a program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary that provides young women an opportunity to study state government and learn about the political process. Angelina was elected Governor of the 2017 Arizona Girls State out of a couple hundred impressive young women in the state. She was invited to come back the following year to head the 2018 Arizona Girls State Session. 

Angelina is grateful for the opportunity to serve her newfound community through working with the Linn County Board of Supervisors. She plans to use her experience within non-profit organizations, civic engagement projects, and education to help better the lives of Linn County residents. 

 

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