Meet Lourdes Ramirez

Lourdes Ramirez has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours working on civic and political issues  since she moved to Sarasota in 1999.  Lourdes is a grant writer with a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Iona College.

Lourdes believes in the protection of citizen's rights and the preservation of neighborhoods.  

Community Involvement

Lourdes' involved in Political Organizations:

  • Republican Women's Club of Sarasota​ 

    • President since 2018

    • Secretary​ 2014-2017

    • Programs Committee chair 

  • Republican Executive Committee

    • Precinct Captain since 2013​

  • Sarasota Republican Club

    • Board member 2013-2020

    • Membership Committee chairperson​ 2013-2020

  • Republican Liberty Caucus of Sarasota

    • Member 2017-2019

  • League of Women Voters of Sarasota County

    • Board member 2015-2017

    • Speaker's Bureau chair 2016​​

Lourdes is involved in Civic Organizations:

Member of the Board of Directors for several civic and homeowners organizations including:

  • Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Association (CONA)

    • President, 2011-2014

    • Vice-president 2015

    • Board member 2009-2010


  • Siesta Key Association 

    • President 2005-2007, 2009-2011

    • Vice President 2008

    • Treasurer 2004

    • Zoning Committee Chair 2004-2011

    • Board member 2003


  • Co-founder of the Barrier Island League 2009

  • Nextdoor Lead for Siesta Key neighborhood since 2014

  • The Alliance for Siesta Key's Future (TASK)

    • Vice President 2001-2005

    • Zoning Chair 2002-2003



  • 2014 Citizen of the Year given by Sarasota Council of Neighborhood Associations.

  • 2012 Citizen of the Year given by Control Growth Now.

In the News...

April 12, 2006


New president is in her zone


'Those who know Lourdes Ramirez, who was elected at the association's annual breakfast last month, know she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to zoning and her favorite barrier island. It's not so much her style but her knowledge.'

Sarasota Herald Tribune

January 2012

Dwelve into 12: Lourdes Ramirez


'Until she stepped down from the SKA board in March 2011, she said, “I think (density) was my No. 1 issue … I don’t believe you can squeeze (development) into every inch of a barrier island … I understand, because I lived in New York City. I didn’t move to Siesta Key to live in the same kind of environment'

Sarasota Observer


August 5, 2014

Profile: Sarasota County Commission Candidate, Lourdes Ramirez



'Jon Thaxton recalled when he was a county commissioner and Ramirez started showing up at meetings. She was learning issues very quickly, he said, and “you could tell she was not in it for her sake.”

“Lourdes would come to the table having better knowledge of the documents than almost anyone in the room. I mean, she would find typos embedded deep into the minutiae of the paperwork,” Thaxton said.'

Sarasota Herald Tribune

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