2024 Mentor: Mari Ramos

Mari Ramos is the Executive Director of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she is working to promote the advancement and economic growth of all business in Idaho, especially small, and Hispanic owned businesses. The IHCC also provides leadership and training opportunities to the
Hispanic community in general, whether as employees in their current positions or as entrepreneurs.

Her goals include uplifting the Hispanic population in all aspects of our community. Mari has a passion for serving and is currently a Board Director of the Idaho Food Bank, Boise Nice, the Idaho Resilience Project, Idaho Museum of International Diaspora, the Foundation for Idaho History and is the Vice President of the Nampa Rotary. She was also appointed to serve on the Selective Service board by the President of the United States. She has a heart for the Treasure Valley, and it shows in her involvement with her leadership roles in the Hispanic/Latino Southwest Idaho task force and the Healthy Impact Nampa Coalition as co-chair for the Food Access Committee. In addition, she is instrumental in forming and helps lead the Traveling Table, which is a mobile food pantry that takes healthy food into food deserts like in north Nampa. Often you will see her personally delivering food to those in need,
translating and interpreting information to unite our community, or engaging in other volunteer activities.

She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and the role she is most proud of is as mother of her 2 adult children. Her daughter who after traveling and living all over the world, including living 2 1⁄2 years in Mozambique Africa, has settled in Memphis TN, and her son who is an amazing Autistic adult who lives with her and teaches and challenges her thinking daily. They both teach her so much about resiliency, strength, perseverance, and drive her to do her best in everything she does.

Regardless of the role she is in, she remains a steadfast champion for all the community, especially our Hispanic community.