Maria Ramos–Chertok is an organizational development consultant for nonprofit organizations and a writer. She is the daughter of a Cuban Catholic father and a Russian–German Jewish mother who converted to Catholicism before Maria was born.
She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (Class of 1987) where she was the recipient of the Fordham Human Rights Award for the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of individual freedom and human dignity. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1984). Maria was selected to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) Year 2001 Fellowship Program. The program prepares selected Latina women who have demonstrated leadership at the local level for positions of national influence and public policy impact. As part of the fellowship, she completed a weeklong session at the Center for Creative Leadership in their Leadership Development Program and a week at the JFK School of Public Policy at Harvard University.
In the fall of 2003, Maria was chosen by Jewish Women International (JWI) as one of ten Women to Watch. The award honors Jewish women "who look beyond the expected to find new ways of being and doing."
In January 2008, Maria joined the training team of Rockwood Leadership Institute, a national leadership development organization dedicated to training social justice activists in cutting edge, state of the art transformational leadership. She has also worked with Selah Leadership Program, the first leadership training designed specifically for Jewish leaders working across the social change filed.
In 2012, Maria launched www.LatinaJews.com, an on-line anthology collecting stories from Latina Jews around the globe. Maria facilitates social identity storytelling workshops. In 2012, she piloted her workshops at the First LIMMUD – Bay Area Conference in February and, in the fall, at Bechol Lashon Family Camp.