Ramona is a first generation Dominican American born in New York City. She spent her childhood in the Dominican Republic, with her older brother, being raised by extended family. She returned to NYC when his immigration process was completed.
Ramona managed the first urban Gap Kids and Baby while completing her BA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ramona then lived in Hawaii for 10 years. There she completed her Masters at Hawaii Pacific University, and two graduate certificates at HPU.
She tweaked her leadership style at the Kennedy School @Harvard and Center for Creative Leadership. She previously led outreach efforts for the FBI and Department of Defense focused on community engagement and environmental resilience.
She imagined a clothing line that babies like her nephew could wear proudly. Designs that would be reflective of their heritage. The designs would make those who saw them proud. By outfitting children, while reminding parents of the uniqueness of their heritage Ramona knew she would create loyal customers, but more importantly, a stronger sense of community.
Since having this vision Ramona has worked with the Small Business Administration, SCORE, Business Outreach Center Network/ BXL Business Incubator, SOBRO, SIBL, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (via the Volunteers of Legal Service program), WE NYC and Made in NY C. These partnerships have primed Ojala Threads for a successful launch.
Via innovative money management skills, downsizing, sacrifice, and determination, Ramona has launched numerous designs, conduct a target market study, identified a manufacturing partner in China, and begun sales. She has turned every challenge into an opportunity! and is determined to outfit your baby in pride, literally.
We work with various NYC based non profits to grow Ojala Threads. Organizations we've worked with include Start Small Think Big, Business Outreach Center, Neighborhood Trust, and SCORE.