Pedro A. Ramos is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation, one of the first community foundations in the nation. Pedro has spent his career guiding organizations through critical inflection points and redefining how those organizations support and communicate with the communities they serve. He is a collaborative leader with a proven track record of forging next-level partnerships in his roles serving and leading legal, business, government and nonprofit organizations in the region.
Pedro joined the Philadelphia Foundation in August 2015 charged with developing and implementing a bold vision for the organization’s new century of service in the Greater Philadelphia Region. His unwavering focus on fostering growth, leadership and impact has created some of the most powerful and important initiatives in the Philadelphia Foundation’s century-old history. Under Pedro’s leadership, the Philadelphia Foundation has raised over $200 million, grown its assets over 33 percent, and launched large-scale initiatives, including On the Table Philly, the PhilaImpact Fund collaboration, the Philadelphia Catchafire partnership and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.
Pedro’s lifelong passion for affecting positive change in the Greater Philadelphia region is rooted in the lifetime he’s spent living and working in Philadelphia communities. He has served at the highest level of appointed government leadership in Philadelphia, including the City Solicitor, the Managing Director, the President of the Board of Education and the Chairman of the School Reform Commission. As a nonprofit executive, he served as Vice President & Chief of Staff to the President at the University of Pennsylvania, where his portfolio included coordination of Penn’s neighborhood initiatives and strategy.
Throughout his career, Pedro has served on fiduciary and advisory boards in the government, business and social sectors. He currently serves on the boards of CFLeads, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Philadelphia Award, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, FS Energy and Power Fund and Independence Health Group. He serves as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Roadmap for Growth.
Prior to the Philadelphia Foundation, Pedro practiced law for nearly two decades, working as a partner in Philadelphia-based national law firms and focusing on tax-exempt entities, public-private initiatives and compliance. He’s a proud graduate of Central High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drexel University.