Gina Ramirez, Midwest Outreach Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council
Gina Ramirez is a third generation Chicagoan from the Southeast Side, were both her parents worked. She is the recipient of the Matthew Freeman Social Justice award and an active volunteer with P.E.C.S (Parents of Extraordinary Children) working to bring resources to children with developmental disabilities in the southeast side of Chicago. She has a MA focused in sociology from Roosevelt University and BA in communications from DePaul University.
Gina works to further sustainable land use and zoning rules that can provide crucial protections to areas of Chicago, like the Southeast Side, that are burdened with cumulative industrial pollution. Ramirez is Co-Chair of the Coalition to Ban Petcoke, a member of the Chicago Environmental Justice Network and the Southeast Environmental Taskforce. Over the past few years she has worked on a variety of environmental justice campaigns, specifically manganese, that impact her neighborhood. Part of her advocacy is representation at ongoing bi-monthly meeting with Chicago Department of Health and other City officials to help inform their decisions to mitigate exposure to manganese. In addition, Ramirez collaborated with community partners to bring a health study on Manganese which will begin in 2019.