Paulaska S. Ramirez is the Founder and Executive Director of Generation Fearless. Ramirez is responsible for the vision, strategy, and efforts of the organization, which aims to empower, uplift, and help first-generation women navigate all stages of their lives. As a first-generation, Latina, Ramirez found herself navigating college, graduate school, relationships, and many parts of adulthood without a point of reference. Now she aspires to help other first-generation women by serving as that reference point. Her experiences in nonprofit, social service, and higher education— where she works directly with first-generation low-income students of diverse backgrounds— inspired her to found Generation Fearless.
Ramirez is the daughter of Dominican immigrants; she was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice from William Paterson University of New Jersey and her master’s in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern University.
Founding Board Member & Secretary
Amina Mostafa serves as a founding board member and secretary for Generation Fearless. A licensed associate counselor in the state of New Jersey and a higher education administrator working mostly with marginalized students who are first-generation. Mostafa is passionate about helping and takes a holistic approach to supporting first-generation individuals with her background as a therapist.
Mostafa is the daughter of Egyptian immigrants, she was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New Jersey City University and her master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Clara M. Diaz
Founding Board Member & Treasurer
Clara M. Diaz serves as a founding board member and treasurer for Generation Fearless. A bilingual first-generation accountant, Diaz has over eight years of professional experience in property and corporate accounting. She is blazing a path for other women of color who hope to pursue a career in accounting. Diaz is passionate about helping first-generation college students and serves as an academic coach and mentor.
Diaz is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, she was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. A graduate of William Paterson University of New Jersey, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a minor in Spanish and her MBA with a concentration in accounting.