Bahia Ramos joined Knight Foundation in September 2009 as a National Urban Fellow and was later hired as director, community foundations. She directs donor-advised grants to community foundations around the country.
Prior to her selection as a National Urban Fellow, Ramos spent two years living in London, where she consulted with Man Group Plc, the world’s largest publicly traded hedge fund, in the corporate responsibility department. Before leaving for London, she worked in the cultural nonprofit sector, where she served as the director of government and community affairs at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and as government affairs director for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where she successfully completed public funding for the museum’s $52 million expansion project and generated community participation in the museum’s programming. Prior to that, Ramos' interest in innovative education techniques led her to Learn Now, an educational management organization, where she oversaw a charter start-up in St. Paul, Minneapolis, a community-based initiative for which she garnered public and private support.
Ramos has been a member of the Grant Advisory Committee for the New York Women’s Foundation since 2004 and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Saint Ann’s School, an independent school in Brooklyn Heights, New York. She brings a wealth of knowledge of nonprofit organizations and experience in management. She received her bachelor of arts in history from Williams College, and is pursuing her master’s in public administration from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs in New York, as a member of the National Urban Fellows Class of 2010.