Michael E. Ramirez (he/him/his) has been an enthusiastic Woolly fan since 1990. Recently retired from the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, Michael enjoys all forms of theatre: film and stage. His career in Human Resources spans 25 years, most recently as the Senior Director for Workforce Planning and HR Operations, where he lead Amtrak’s human resources operations in developing and implementing nation-wide recruitment and staffing, strategic workforce planning, and HR business strategies and programs. Defining and emphasizing managerial roles in optimizing human capital, Michael implemented strategies linked to organizational goals and short/long range objectives and established and maintained the organization’s succession planning programs. Prior to his appointment at Amtrak, Michael served as the Associate Director, Personnel Operations Administration, District of Columbia Office of Personnel. He was responsible for the management, direction, coordination, evaluation and administrative control of personnel responsible for providing analytical and technical human resource management functions in agencies and departments under the personnel authority of Mayors Sharon Pratt, Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, respectively. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s degree in Social Work/Public Administration from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, also at the University of Texas.