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University of Phoenix leader John Ramirez named Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairperson of the Board

By Sharla Hooper

Ramirez steps into the role after serving as Vice-Chair

University of Phoenix is pleased to announce that John Ramirez, MBA, MS/AJS-GHS, USA CSM (ret) and dean of operations for the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies, has been appointed to serve as Chairperson of the Board for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC). Ramirez’s appointment term on the Board is for two years, 2023 to 2025. He previously served as the Vice Chair for Internal Activities and been involved with the AZHCC for over a decade.

“I feel deeply humbled and honored to step into the role of Chairperson of the Board for an organization dedicated to making positive, impactful contributions to the Hispanic and Latino communities,” states Ramirez. “The AZHCC plays an integral role in advancing economic opportunity for members of our Chamber and our community, and I look forward to continuing the work of fostering business relationships, supporting innovation, and expanding opportunities for success and prosperity.”

During his tenure as Chair, Ramirez will oversee the AZHCC Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, support AZHCC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Monica Villalobos, and guide the internal and external activities of the chamber. Ramirez will also be responsible for oversight of eight committees: Marketing and Membership Committee, Public Policy Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Scholarship Committee, Talent and Compensation Committee, Los Amigos Committee, Signature Events Committee and AZ-Mexico Committee.

“I am grateful to all of our volunteer Board of Directors, especially to John Ramirez who has agreed to serve as Chair for the next two years,” states AZHCC President & CEO Monica Villalobos. “His reputation for excellence will be instrumental in growing our organization to the next level. Our immediate past Chair, Annette Musa, has set us up for success and John Ramirez will continue to make us stronger. His servant leadership will add to our 75-year history of contributing to the growth of small and minority-owned businesses.”

One of Ramirez’s first duties as Chair will be attending the Inaugural Reception for Business Leaders with Arizona Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs on Jan. 4, 2023. Ramirez will also represent the Chamber during their annual signature events, including the Black & White Ball and Business Awards; Business Diversity Summit; release of DATOS: State of Arizona's Hispanic Market and coinciding DATOS conference; Power of the Purse, and an ongoing series of workshops, seminars, public forums and networking functions.

Ramirez completed his MBA, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees with the University of Phoenix. He has been with the University for 18 years. 

About Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Since 1948, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber has been dedicated to promoting the health and prosperity of the state and national economy by serving as a vital link to the growing power and influence of minority-owned businesses and consumers as part of our state's increasingly diverse global marketplace. Learn more at

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