The West Ventura County Business Alliance joins the Oxnard and Ventura County communities in mourning the loss of Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez. Ramirez had a profound impact on many aspects of life in Oxnard. She was a champion for the community’s underserved population and ardent advocate for the environment.
“Although we were on opposite sides of many issues, Carmen always listened to our positions and arguments,” said WVCBA President and CEO Nancy Lindholm. “In addition to being a honorable and principled representative for Oxnard, Carmen was a kind and cordial person. The last time I saw Carmen was at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Many Mansions affordable housing project in Oxnard. She went out of her way to say hello to me. That was typical of her.”
WVCBA Chair-Elect Dona Lacayo of the Port of Hueneme often worked with Ramirez at the county level and while she was on the Oxnard City Council. Lacayo says, ”There are no words that can express how saddened I am to learn about Carmen Ramirez’s unfortunate sudden passing. She was an incredible conscious leader, always there for our community, always giving back. My sincere heartfelt condolences to her family.”
WVCBA Lifetime Director and Attorney Nancy Kierstyn Schreiner remembers working with Ramirez when she was practicing law. She says, “Carmen was a wonderful attorney and she was forever and always kind and thoughtful, selfless and authentic. She was truly visionary, committed to a higher purpose and never less than simultaneously graceful and fierce in carrying out her passionate defense, advocacy and love for all living things, our humanity and our shared environment.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Carmen’s husband, her family, and all of those she impacted during her lifetime.