Frankie Free Ramos is from Yauco, Puerto Rico, spent much of her childhood in San Diego, and has lived in the Bay Area since moving to Berkeley for undergraduate studies in the early 1990s. After obtaining a teaching credential and Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco, Frankie worked for over 10 years as a teacher and college counselor, and was a founding member of a radical small school in East Oakland. She earned a PhD from UC Berkeley in Education Leadership, Policy and Politics. Her scholarship and activism focus on community organizing, social movements, and decolonial and abolitionist praxis. She has been a longtime activist for the self-determination of Puerto Rico, freedom for political prisoners, and an end to privatization and the politics of austerity in education. She currently serves as the Director of Campaigns and Organizing at CURYJ (Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice), a community based organization in Oakland, CA working to end youth incarceration and unlock the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars.
Frankie is in a loving partnership and is raising three children with her partner. The family loves to enjoy the outdoors together and spread love in the world!