Carmen Ramirez, born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1960, is the program coordinator for the Community Relations Division of the City of Longmont. She also has been the head of the Latino Task Force of Boulder County and an active committee member of the Boulder County Latino History Project. She speaks about her early childhood with her grandparents and aunt in El Paso, and about her difficult teen years, when she lived on the streets. She started college but dropped out after marrying and having a child whom she had to support. Later she married Ray Ramirez and moved to Longmont. She talks about the importance of family and education in her life, her current job as a cultural interpreter and mediator, and her participation in the Next Generation Leadership Program, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. She describes forms of racism and ethnic discrimination experienced in Texas and Colorado and speaks warmly of the support given to her by her husband.