Joanna Ramirez Barrett, PhD

In her role as Vice President of Business Solutions at Meda, Dr. Joanna Ramirez Barrett oversees program and service development and evaluation, develops and executes organizational strategic goals, and ensures Meda’s continued adherence to internal and external standards. Prior to Meda, Dr. Ramirez Barrett held leadership positions at Xcel Energy, Northwest Area Foundation, and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Ramirez Barrett holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin.

Meda provides business consulting and lending to minority-owned businesses in Minnesota. Meda's vision is to create thriving communities through equal economic participation. Meda’s mission is to help minority entrepreneurs succeed. In 2016, Meda served 676 businesses through our combined service offerings and helped minority businesses create or retain 490 jobs. Since 1971, Meda has helped more than 20,000 entrepreneurs of color and assisted in the start-up of more than 550 businesses.

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