About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Charlene Ramos
Research Analyst


Charlene Requerme Ramos has spent nearly a decade working in economics consulting and the technology industry. As an academic researcher, she supported expert witnesses in economics to protect consumer interests through anti-trust and intellectual property cases. She was an early employee at mission-driven startups valued at over $1 billion promoting well-being and productivity in the workplace. Also, she is a seasoned manager inspired by a data-driven approach towards Strategy, Operations, Client Success, and Customer Support. She feels passionately about collaborating with small firms or international clientele dedicated to entrepreneurship for social progress.

Ms. Ramos graduated as an Economics major from Yale College. Recently, she was selected as one of 30 students for the American Economic Association Summer Training and Scholarship Program at Howard University, developing original research on “The Effect of Anti-Dumping Duties on the Philippines Pineapple Industry.” She also attended the University of California, Berkeley as one of 30 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellows and one of 10 Law Fellows. The experience directly contributed to her Yale Senior Thesis “Mind the Gap: The Gender-Income Gap among Urban Workers in China,” which advocated for increased access to educational opportunities for women. Her career goal is to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics with research interests in macroeconomics, econometrics, and labor to improve the quality of life for American families.

She comes from a first-generation, low-income background and an immigrant family. Most of them work in education, healthcare, or serve in the military. They are from the Philippines and live in Los Angeles, California. Their values center on community and equity, reflected in her projects at Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. She is proudly involved in assignments that uplift underserved populations by empowering stakeholders to harness publicly available data in innovative ways for systemic change.

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