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Dodd-Ramirez leaving Step Up Savannah
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Daniel Dodd-Ramirez, executive director of Step Up Savannah, Inc., announced that he’s resigning to accept a new position in Washington, D.C.

He served as leader of the city’s poverty reduction initiative since it was launched in 2005.

“Daniel has provided steady leadership while directing the growth of this organization beyond the community’s original expectations,” said John Wills, Step Up board chairman. “There was no blueprint for this work, aside from an ‘Action Plan’ issued by the City in April of 2005. Step Up—and Savannah—are now recognized around the country for our poverty-reduction efforts.”

Dodd-Ramirez said, "I am humbled and inspired by the low-income families that work so hard to improve their circumstances regardless of the obstacles that are stacked against them.”

Step Up works to "boost the capacity of job training and adult education programs and build upon financial education and wealth-building programs."

It also advocates for more resources for affordable housing and access to food stamps.

Dodd-Ramirez’s last day will be Mar. 4.