The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) is pleased to announce the selection of Muneer Karcher-Ramos as Director of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood initiative. Muneer will oversee the vision and operations of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, a cross-sector initiative working to close the education gap for children living in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods in Saint Paul. A search committee identified Muneer as most qualified for the role following a rigorous selection process that involved many SPPN partners and several talented candidates.
Muneer has been involved with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood since the initiative's inception in research, facilitation and management capacities. He has worked extensively with families, residents, and community partners, designing evaluation, family entry processes, and publishing numerous reports related to the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood. Most recently Muneer served as Senior Program Manager for the initiative, developing infrastructure and monitoring the SPPN strategic direction. Throughout his tenure with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, Muneer has demonstrated a true commitment to the neighborhood and has developed strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
"The last several months have been a time of intensive, focused and strategic reflection for all of the partners of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, as we have collectively reframed and re-envisioned how the initiative can be most effective," Muneer said. "I am looking forward to working with our partners to reduce racial and socio-economic disparities and begin to get systems to work better for children and families living in the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood. Together, we can make a collective impact, and change the trajectory for this and future generations in Saint Paul."
Prior to his involvement with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, Muneer worked as a Research Associate with Wilder Research, evaluating the impact of education and culturally based programs. In 2012 Muneer received a Kingston Fellowship from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in recognition of his leadership and spirit of innovation. Muneer mentors college students of color through the Justice Alan Page Education Foundation and sits on the Commission of the Allina Backyard Initiative. He completed the Social Justice Leadership Program through the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. He holds a Community Faculty position in the Social Justice program in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Muneer graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology and earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
"Muneer's contributions to the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood have been invaluable," said Kristine Martin, SPPN Interim Director and Vice President of Wilder Center for Communities. "His intimate knowledge of the Promise Neighborhood model, systems design experience, intercultural competence and exceptional relationship-building skills will provide continuity for the initiative and will build on the momentum the initiative has established over the past three years. In his role as Director, Muneer will continue to work tirelessly for families of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood."
Muneer and his wife, Fartun M. Abdi, live in Minneapolis with their son Amir; his extended family lives in the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood.