Dr. Maricela Ramirez is the Chief Education Officer for Los Angeles County Office of Education. Dr. Ramirez oversees Head Start and Early Learning, specialized high schools, juvenile court and community schools, the Community Schools Initiative, and the GAIN and GROW programs.

Dr. Ramirez is an equity focused educator who believes that education is critical and works tirelessly to ensure that students of all ages, have access to a quality education. As a daughter of immigrants from Mexico and a first-generation college student, she has experienced first-hand the transformational power of education.

Dr. Ramirez was formerly a director with LAUSD, principal at a middle and high school, and a proud social studies teacher for 13 years. Dr. Ramirez earned her B.A. at Yale University, Master degrees from Stanford University and UCLA, and her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.