Noemy Rodriguez, Dream Director
Noemy Rodriguez was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and is proud to call Swansea her home. She is a proud Class of 2012 alumna from Bruce Randolph High School. She graduated with her B.A in Sociology and her M.A in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Noemy considers herself to be a Revolutionary as she is the first in her family to receive a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. Throughout her time at UNCO, she participated in various organizations on campus such as, the Center for Human Enrichment TRIO Program, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority Incorporated, the Stryker Institute for Leadership Development program, and INSPIRE. Noemy gained an enriching perspective on social justice and leadership during her college career and in her involvement with INSPIRE. She found a passion in helping young people from her community find their voice and to become the authors and narrators of their own story. As the new INSPIRE Dream Director, she is excited to be working with high school students and to watch them become social change agents in their families, schools, and communities.
Jesse Ramirez, Executive Director & Founder
Jesse Ramirez is a first generation Mexican-American. His dad came to the United State from Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico at the age of thirteen. His mom was born in Pueblo, Colorado and her family comes from the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. Jesse feels by having both Mexican and Chicano roots they have shaped the leader he is today. He is also a first generation college graduate having earned a B.A. in Political Science and Minors in Chicano Studies and Latin-American Studies from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership also from CSU. He worked for College Summit, a nation non-profit who's mission was to increase college enrollment rates in low-income communities. He held various roles in his tenure and most recently served as the Program Manager for College Summit Colorado where he helped rebuild a struggling region. In 2014 he decided to pursue a dream to start a nonprofit designed to empower young people to be Change Agents in their schools, families and communities. He feels the work he does in helping young people see their greatness and supporting them turn their dreams into realities is a direct call of how the Chicano and Civil Rights movements continues in present day America.