Ramona Houston, Ph.D., PMP, has a multifaceted career as a scholar, educator and community engagement strategist.
Sought for her expertise, Ramona is widely recognized as a thought leader in African American/Latino relations. An American historian and emerging public intellectual, Ramona specializes in 20th century American history, civil rights and race relations, specifically its African American and Mexican American dimensions. Through her blog, Ramona explores and critically analyzes current affairs from a historical and bicultural perspective, informing readers how contemporary issues and events relate to and/or affect the African American and Latino American communities. She also devotes much of her blog to highlighting, celebrating and promoting the history, people, culture, organizations, and events of these two communities. Ramona shares her knowledge in all types of settings. She presents lectures and workshops for institutions and organizations, appears as an expert panelist and guest analyst for various programs and media outlets, and contributes columns for print and online media. Through her publications and presentations, Ramona seeks to promote the importance of diverse groups working together in order to increase their capacity and effectiveness in producing positive social change.
A passionate educator, Ramona promotes higher education and institutions focused on education. An advocate for college access and attainment, Ramona’s forthcoming book as well as her workshop series and seminars provide students valuable strategies for college success. Through her publications and presentations Ramona seeks to inspire and empower students with the knowledge they need to pursue and complete their college education. A former college professor, she taught in the Department of History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, a historically black college devoted to educating, nurturing and developing African American men. Currently, she is Chair of the Board of Light Forces, Inc. Founded in 2002, Light Forces is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational and leadership development of youth and young adults. Through its programs and activities Light Forces develops conscientious young people who are dedicated to excellence, leadership and service.
A Project Management Professional (PMP) and budding entrepreneur, Ramona is principal of Kaliráh Strategies, a community engagement consulting firm that assists clients in achieving their social mission. Whether it is connecting corporations to communities, producing initiatives for government agencies, managing campaigns for nonprofits, administering philanthropic enterprises for individuals, or developing civic and educational programs, Ramona assists clients in the strategic planning, coordination and execution of projects that seek to make a social impact. Effectively managing small and large as well as local, national and international projects, the firm’s expertise lies in developing projects that seek to reach, serve and impact the African American and Latino communities. Understanding the intricacies involved in project management, Ramona has planned and organized a variety of projects for educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and government entities. Her accomplishments include coordinating foreign missions, civic and educational programs, conferences, festivals, special events, and fundraisers, just to name a few.
Ramona frequently teams up with her sister Rhesa Houston, DVM, as The Houston Sisters. Energetic and passionate about empowering women and girls, The Houston Sisters are on a mission to inspire women and girls to fully embrace and manifest their greatness. They work together to teach young women and girls strategies on how to realize their own personal power and potential. Through their publications and presentations, women and girls learn principles and practices that will empower them to live healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lives.
Notably, Ramona has worked on every level of government, serving as a Public Member of the Foreign Service Selection Board for the US Department of State in Washington, DC; special assistant to Georgia State Representative Ronald Slotan; Project Coordinator in the Fulton County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Special Assistant in the inaugural Office of Youth Services in the Office of the Mayor of Atlanta under the leadership of the late Honorable Mayor Maynard Jackson. Recently, Ramona served as Special Assistant to Dr. John Eaves, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
An effective leader who is devoted to service, Ramona understands the importance of civic and community engagement and volunteers for various organizations. Committed to her alma maters, Ramona currently serves as a member of the University of Texas at Austin Department of History Visiting Committee, and she has served as national president of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association and on CAU’s Board of Trustees. Active and engaged, Ramona is also a member of and has served in various leadership capacities in numerous professional, civic and community organizations.
Ramona is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and History, and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in History. A native of Brownwood, Texas, Ramona currently resides in Atlanta with her husband Terreon Gully and their princess Chase, a nine-year-old Pomeranian.