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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Yogurt
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
It Is A Disaster.

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1960
Birth Location:
Lower Marion Township, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Yogurt
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
It Is A Disaster.

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1960
Birth Location:
Lower Marion Township
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Biography

Lawyer and Chief Executive Officer of One Economy Corporation Rey Ramsey was born Reynard Ramsey on September 10, 1960, in Lower Marion Township, Pennsylvania. At the age of five, Ramsey and his family moved to a predominantly white neighborhood in Atco, New Jersey, where he attended grammar and high school. He went on to enroll at Rutgers University, where he majored in political science and was a member of the Cap and Skull Honor Society. While at Rutgers University, he also became the first African American to head the Rutgers Fraternity/Sorority Council. After graduating with his B.A. degree in political science in 1982, Ramsey went on to receive his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1985.

After graduating from law school, Ramsey moved to Oregon where he worked for the Portland-based law firm of Stoel Rives LLP. In 1986, Ramsey became active in Habitat for Humanity by working on its newsletter, speaking at community events and performing pro bono legal work. Ramsey then decided to make the transition from corporate law to economic law, and worked briefly in various positions managing ports and regional businesses in Oregon. In 1987, Ramsey was appointed by Governor Neil Goldschmidt to serve as the Director of Housing and Community Services in the Oregon State Economic Development Department. In doing this, he became the youngest cabinet member in the history of the State of Oregon.

In 1996, Ramsey went to work for Enterprise Community Partners, a Maryland-based affordable housing nonprofit organization. He served as the organization’s vice president before being promoted to president. While there, he was instrumental in the growth of the organization’s operating budget and human resources departments. Ramsey was appointed to the board of Habitat for Humanity in 1998, and in 2000, he became the co-founder and CEO of One Economy Corporation. This international nonprofit organization works to bring internet resources to the homes of low-income people.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Rey Ramsey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rey Ramsey lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rey Ramsey describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rey Ramsey describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rey Ramsey remembers his mother's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rey Ramsey describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rey Ramsey describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rey Ramsey describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rey Ramsey describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rey Ramsey describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rey Ramsey talks about his family's move to an all-white neighborhood in New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rey Ramsey remembers integrating the Assumption School in Atco, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rey Ramsey describes his experiences of discrimination at the Assumption School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rey Ramsey remembers an inspirational teacher at the Assumption School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rey Ramsey reflects upon his early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rey Ramsey remembers the majority-white Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Rey Ramsey recalls his activities at Pope Paul VI High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rey Ramsey recalls his admiration of Muhammad Ali
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rey Ramsey talks about his early interest in art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rey Ramsey describes his social life at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rey Ramsey talks about his early aspirations to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rey Ramsey recalls his decision to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rey Ramsey remembers studying African American literature at Rutgers University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rey Ramsey talks about his extracurricular activities at Rutgers University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rey Ramsey remembers his activism at the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rey Ramsey remembers a teach-in at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rey Ramsey remembers Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign in 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rey Ramsey talks about his move to Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rey Ramsey remembers practicing corporate law at Stoel, Rives, Boley, Jones and Grey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rey Ramsey recalls his chairmanship of Habitat for Humanity International, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rey Ramsey recalls his chairmanship of Habitat for Humanity International, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rey Ramsey describes his role as the director of housing policy for the State of Oregon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rey Ramsey describes his work at the Enterprise Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Rey Ramsey remembers founding the One Economy Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Rey Ramsey describes the mission of the One Economy Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Rey Ramsey describes his philosophy of social service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Rey Ramsey describes the programs operated by the One Economy Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Rey Ramsey describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Rey Ramsey reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Rey Ramsey reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Rey Ramsey talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Rey Ramsey describes how he would like to be remembered