Beginning his fundraising journey in college, Luis has devoted his career to supporting nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.
Currently, Luis Ramirez serves as the development manager at Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Luis believes that donors should be celebrated at every opportunity through strategies which not only focus on strong solicitations, but also thoughtful cultivation and stewardship approaches. He believes the biggest issue facing nonprofits today is donor retention which can be remedied through a culture of gratitude for all donors at all giving levels.
In addition to his work with Active Minds, Luis has had the pleasure to work on the development teams of two other organizations: Food & Friends, a DC based nonprofit providing medically-tailored meals and nutrition counseling to neighbors living with serious illnesses, and Rebuilding Together, a national organization providing critical housing repairs for seniors, veterans and low-income families, .
Luis also strives to continue learning about current trends and best practices in fundraising through his membership in the DC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, also taking on the role as Co-Chair of the chapter’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group.
He holds a degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, taking on an active alumni role as the President of the Lambda Pride Alumni Network, the official LGBTQIA alumni network for the University.
A life-long Maryland resident, Luis and his partner live just outside of DC with their cat and two dogs.