Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Center
Ramon Leon is the founding President/CEO of Latino Economic Development Center, an ethnic based CDC serving the Twin cities area of Minneapolis St. Paul and Greater MN. He has been an entrepreneur and business owner from a young age, in both Mexico and the United States. He has been an active social justice leader in his community, and was one of the early faith-based Latino organizers in the Twin Cities through “Interfaith action” and “Isaiah.”
He is also one of the pioneers of the economic development movement in Minneapolis and was the first president of the founding board of directors of “Cooperative Mercado Central”, an economic justice, community based cooperative project that-sparked the revitalization of Lake Street in Minneapolis. He has served on several non-profit organization boards and government committees to represent immigrant communities; such as Whittier Community Development Center, Neighborhood Development Center, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, the Charities Review Council, and the MN Council of OIC’s.