As Knutson’s Diversity Director, Ramona works collaboratively with project teams to achieve or exceed diversity goals, build relationships with minority- and women-owned subcontractor firms, and develop, implement, and monitor business inclusion plans. Her work has significantly improved Knutson’s diversity workforce and spend with diverse suppliers, as well as helped build and maintain a company culture that wholly supports diversity.
In addition to her success on Knutson projects, Ramona is the recipient of several personal awards including Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors and Minority Business Advocate by the Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council. She was also named one of the top 100 women in supplier diversity by Women Enterprise Magazine. Ramona has also been recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 2023 Women in Business honoree and Top 200 Black Leaders You Should Know, as well as named a 2023 Notable BIPOC Executive by Twin Cities Business.
Family is important to Ramona. Each year she and her family attend the “Allen Family Reunion”. Held in various locations including Chicago, St. Louis, Mississippi, and St. Paul, the family has held reunions for over 40 years!