Manuel Ramírez began his new role as vice president of development at EARTH University on Aug. 1, 2017. To gain a deeper understanding of the development program’s inner workings, Ramírez had spent two months alongside his predecessor Gerardo Mirabelli before the latter’s retirement on July 31.
Ramírez’s experience in nonprofit sustainability is extensive. For the last seven years, Ramírez served as executive director of Osa Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to safeguarding the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Among his duties, he supervised wilderness-protection projects and managed all administrative, financial and fundraising operations. Prior to that, he was executive director of Conservation International’s South Central American office for more than 20 years.
Former coworkers have described him as an excellent leader, highly effective fundraiser, and an intelligent and loyal colleague.
“I am certain that Manuel will significantly contribute to our EARTH community and management team,” said Arturo Condo, EARTH University president. “I look forward to our joint efforts to ensure a vibrant future for the University.”
Ramírez is a Costa Rican citizen. He earned an undergraduate degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and a master’s from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in Connecticut, USA. He is widely published on topics such as transnational conservation, climate change and carbon sequestration.