Rey Ramsey co-founded One Economy Corporation in 2000 to leverage the power of technology to empower low-income people to enter the economic mainstream. The multinational nonprofit brings in-home broadband to unserved and underserved communities; produces engaging public-purpose media; and trains and employs youth to increase digital literacy in their communities.
Ramsey grew One Economy from four guys working in a basement to a global network rooted on four continents. One Economy has provided broadband access to more than 300,000 low-income Americans and over 17 million worldwide have visited One Economy’s multilingual Web properties. Ramsey is at the forefront of developing and distributing public-purpose media through the Public Internet Channel (www.pic.tv), which was launched with Honorary Co-Chairs then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in 2006. One Economy has also trained thousands of at-risk youth, who in turn have delivered nearly 50,000 hours of community service in technology access and understanding.
Rey currently serves as Chairman of the Board of One Economy and CEO and President of TechNet—a bipartisan, political network of CEOs and Senior Executives that promotes the growth of technology and the innovation economy. Prior to his launching One Economy, Ramsey served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Enterprise Foundation, the nation’s largest affordable housing intermediary. He earlier served in the cabinets of two governors of Oregon, as Director of Housing and Community Services, and practiced law.
Ramsey serves on several boards, including the Schnitzer Investment Corporation; the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); and the Washington Jesuit Academy, of which he is vice-chairman. He was also Chairman of the NAACP’s Futures Commission and served on the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. From 2003-2005 he chaired Habitat for Humanity International.
Ramsey has spent decades creating innovative partnerships between nonprofits, government, and the private sector. He is the author, with Ben Hecht, of ManagingNonprofits.org: Dynamic Management for the Digital Age (John Wiley & Sons).
Ramsey holds a bachelors degree in political science from Rutgers University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.
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