Board of Directors

Chris Ramos
Board Chair

Chris Ramos is President of the Neighborliness Center where he brings over a decade of non-profit management and coaching experience. He currently oversees operations, development, and organizational management at the Neighborliness Center.

His previous career as a collegiate basketball coach helped him develop a passion for unifying diverse stakeholders in pursuit of common goals. Chris is dedicated to bringing best practices and real-world solutions to organizations serving marginalized communities.

Vanessa Gonzalez
Vice-Chair

Vanessa Gonzalez is the Vice-Chairperson of Polis Institute. She is a Talent and Organizational Development Senior Consultant at Lockheed Martin and a lifelong resident of Orlando with her husband Michael. She earned her Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management from the University of Central Florida and her MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. In her 5 years as a consultant and strategic partner, Vanessa is passionate about developing and evolving the capabilities of an organization and their most important asset: people.

Ryan Norman
Ryan Norman
Treasurer

Ryan is an experienced business leader and lifelong resident of Orlando along with his wife Susan and two children. Prior to his current role as the VP of Artificial Intelligence and Strategy at Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Ryan worked in a number of finance and leadership roles in the hospitality, construction and aerospace and defense industries.

“What first drew me to Polis was the passion that the organization had for improving the lives and wellbeing of the community. While there are a number of nonprofits that are strong at community engagement, Polis is the only organization I have found that excels at serving and engaging directly with the people that need support while also having a strong, data driven model that measures impact, drives the organizational strategy and provides invaluable data for other organizations and local governments working in the same neighborhoods.”

Phil Hissom
Board Member

Phil currently serves as the Missions Pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, Florida, a position he accepted after nearly twelve years of running the Polis Institute. Phil founded the institute in 2009 to champion human dignity and further place-based philanthropy in Central Florida. Prior to that, Phil worked in the environmental information field. His immediate family includes his wife Jennie and three grown children. Phil holds degrees in Divinity and Cultural Geography.

“I am excited to see Polis mature into a nationally known research institute as we share important insights that we learn working with under-resourced communities.”

Inder Majumdar
Inder Majumdar
Board Member

Inder Majumdar has served on the board of the Polis Institute since the Fall of 2018 and is a member of the board’s governance committee. As first as a consultant at Deloitte and most recently as the Head of Analytics at WayCool Foods, Inder has supported efforts to evaluate the impact of companies that provide renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure, and high-quality produce to economically underserved communities. Inder’s professional experience has given him the opportunity to understand how private enterprises identify and evaluate socially beneficial revenue-generation opportunities in highly regulated industries, and how the activities of private enterprises impact the lives of communities across the US and India. Passionate about the intersection of social enterprise and local communities, Inder is eager to work with the board as Polis strives to create a more equitable, inclusive, and community-driven future.

Working in India has given me first-hand exposure to the economic and social value of community-driven, asset-based community development programs. The tenacity that Bahiyyah and the rest of the team brings to their work is truly an inspiration for the rest of the board (myself included), and makes me excited to work with the rest of the board in support of the Institute’s mission.” 

Jacinta Mathis
Jacinta Mathis
Emeritus Board Member

Jacinta Mathis was a dedicated Board at Polis Institute for her six year year. Her insights and vision were exceptional throughout her tenure as a Board Member. She is an attorney and counselor at law with the Mathis Law Group. She received her B.A. from Clark College and received her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. She has had over thirty years of experience practicing personal injury and general practice law.