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Elizabeth Giannetta-Ramos
Director of Partnerships and Community Relations

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As Director of Partnerships, Liz is commited to providing COMPASS youth with the supports and opportunities they need to succeed.  Working closely with the Vice President of Programing, Liz develops strategic relationships with agencies and service providers in the community.  From basic needs to health care, Liz ensures our youth have the tools they need to reach their full potential

Liz was born and raised in Hartford. At 15, Liz was challenged “to do something about the kids in the neighborhood,” so she did. It was 1995, the height of Hartford’s gang wars.   Liz co-founded the Southend Knightriders Youth Center, which later became COMPASS Youth Collaborative.  She used her advocacy skills to build a space for young people during a violent era in her city.

Since then, she has never stopped advocating for the youth in her community.  In 2020 Liz was recognized by SINA, receiving the SINA Neighborhood Service Award for her work in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford.  She also received the Humanitarian Award from Springfield College.

Liz is a graduate of Springfield College with a degree in Human Services.  In 2019 Liz received her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Goodwin University.

Liz serves as a board member for Youth Challenge and is an active member of Glory Chapel International.