Jacinto 'Cinto' Ramos, Jr., Board President - District 1
Term: First elected 2013; Term expires 2021
Jacinto A. Ramos, Jr. serves as the Chief of Board Governance and Leadership at Leadership ISD. He is proven national, state, and community leader on educational policy, racial/ethnic equity, and school board governance.
Jacinto is the chair of the 2019-2020 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) as well as the next president of the Mexican American School Boards Association. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB.)
The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) supports urban school boards, fosters effective school district leadership, and addresses the educational challenges that exist in our nation’s urban centers.
The Mexican American School Boards Association (MASBA) is a voluntary, non-profit, statewide education association that has served local Texas school boards since 1970. MASBA is focused on closing gaps in Texas public schools, particularly for the Latinx students who comprise the majority of students statewide.
The Texas Association of School Boards, established in 1949, is a statewide educational association that includes all 1,026 Texas school districts, 20 regional education service centers, 50 community colleges, 18 central appraisal districts, and 133 shared service arrangements. The Association represents the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state (more than 7,000 school board members) that serves more than 5.3 million Texas students.
Born and raised on the North Side of Fort Worth, Jacinto is a product of immigrant parents from Mexico, devoting countless hours to the cause of providing a voice to the disengaged and the disenchanted youths of today.
He is a certified CBMCS multicultural trainer for Tarrant County Mental Health Connection, a certified probation officer in the state of Texas, a former co-director of the Multicultural Alliance’s Camp CommUNITY, and an affiliate of Courageous Conversations About Race.
Bridging the silos of activism, leadership, and community engagement, Jacinto earned a spot on the Fort Worth Independent School District's School Board of Trustees in June, 2013. Two years later, he reached an historic milestone becoming the youngest board president from his District. In addition to his leadership roles in CUBE and MASBA, he is now one of 22 school board members in the country to have a seat at the National School Board Association (NSBA) table.
He is also a member of the Council of the Great City Schools, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a Fellow of the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS.)
Jacinto is also a part of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, where he is the only Texas school board member on the Consortium Advisory Team. The Consortium focuses on improving educational outcomes for Latino and African American male students by connecting partners across educational sectors (i.e. independent school districts, 2-year colleges, and 4-year institutions.)
In his tenure, Jacinto has led significant change for youth, including:
- My Brother’s Keeper resolution as well as the institution of MBK programming for the Fort Worth ISD
- Youth Advocate Program in the North Side and Diamond Hill-Jarvis Community
- Institution of the Con Mi Madre program to FWISD
- Parent University started at Manuel Jara Elementary School under Principal Marta Plata’s leadership
- Racial and Ethnic Equity Policy (2017)
- Passed Resolution of Support for Immigrant students, families, and staff
- Establishment of a Facilities and Master Planning Committee to oversee the future projects for FWISD bond programs
- Establishment of American Indian Day (2018)
- Establishment of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez Day of Service (2018)
- Promoted and supported LatinX Studies
- Promoted and supported African/Africana Studies
He is on track to complete his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Jacinto has received many accolades such as Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth’s 2019 Honorary Alumnus award, the Superior Achievement Award by the National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, the 2010 Mike Moncrief Believing in Youth Award from Santa Fe Youth Services, and the Visionary Edict Award from Magdaleno Leadership Institute. He was also inducted into the Tarrant County Fatherhood Coalition Fathers’ Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jacinto currently resides on Fort Worth’s North Side with his lovely wife of more than 20 years and three sons.
M.G. Ellis Primary, Diamond Hill Elementary, Dolores Huerta Elementary, Manuel Jara Elementary, Rufino Mendoza Elementary, H.V. Helbing Elementary, M.L. Kirkpatrick Elementary, Charles Nash Elementary, Sam Rosen Elementary, W.J. Turner Elementary, Washington Heights Elementary, J.P. Elder Middle, Kirkpatrick Middle, Meacham Middle, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, Marine Creek Collegiate High School, North Side High School, Middle Level Learning Center, Metro Opportunity