Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Community Development and Planning
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Phone: (508) 421-3838 phone
Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Regional Planning, MIT 1995
M.A. in City Planning (MCP), MIT, 1988
B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1985
Biography and Research
Ramon Borges-Mendez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has a professional career in the United States and abroad. He has held academic positions at UMASS-Boston, UMASS-Amherst, American University's School of International Service, The Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Chile's Public Policy Graduate Program. Borges-Mendez has also served as a Research Associate at the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston. He has worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, the Economic Commission on Latin American and the Caribbean of the United Nations (ECLAC), The United Nations’ Department for Social and Economic Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Brookings Institution, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the Government of Chile.
He has written on various public policy issues: workforce development; labor markets; Latino CBO’s; Latino poverty and community development in the United States; immigration; decentralization and civil society matters in Latin America. In 2005, he was chosen as William Díaz Fellow by Non-Profit Academic Centers Council. Borges-Mendez is a member of the advisory board of the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, and the Center for Social Policy, both UMASS-Boston. In 2007, he was appointed commissioner to Gov. Deval Patrick’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants, and to the Asset Development Commission. Currently, he is doing research on Puerto Rican low-wage workers in PR and USA, a project sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CUNY-Hunter College). He is also an elected member of the board of directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
Borges-Méndez, Ramón (Principal Investigator), James Jennings, Donna Haig-Friedman, Malo Hutson, Teresa Roberts (2009). Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry. Immigrant Learning Center. Malden: MA.
Borges-Méndez, Ramón. “Sustainable Development and Participatory Practices in Community Forestry: The Case of FUNDECOR in Costa Rica.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. Vol. 13, No.4, 367-383, June 2008.
Meléndez, Edwin & Ramón Borges-Méndez. Regional Workforce Development Strategies: Three Regional Cases from California (Greater Sacramento), Indiana (Greater Fort Wayne), and Pennsylvania (Greater Pittsburgh). Report to the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy. The Brookings Institution. Washington, D.C.
Borges-Méndez, Ramón (2007). “The Latinization of Lawrence: Migration, Settlement, and Incorporation of Latinos in a Small Town of Massachusetts.” Latinos in a Changing Society. Marta Montero-Sieburth & Edwin Meléndez, (eds.). Praeger. Westport: Connecticut. Chapter 10: pp. 228-252.
Borges-Mendez, Ramón & Anny Rivera-Ottenberger. (2006) The Prospects of Social Economic Councils (ESC’s) in Latin America. Report prepared for the Department for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations/NY and The Ford Foundation/NY and Andean Region and Southern Cone Office. March 2006.
Borges-Méndez, Ramón with Brandynn Holgate, Carlos Maynard, Robin Reale, Jennifer Shea. (March 2006). Latino Business Owners in East Boston. Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.
Borges-Méndez, Ramón, Michael Liu, & Paul Watanabe. (2005) Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization. Prepared for The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.