Founder, HIV activist, and Philanthropist Ozzy Ramos is a native New Yorker from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn and is of Puerto Rican descent. He was mentored and molded by the principles and philosophies of the late Mr. John M. Davis, fellow high school teacher, human rights, and HIV Activist of ACT-UP New York since the early 80′s and whom Ozzy respectfully refers to him as his “White Shadow”. Their daily relationship grew to be that of father and son for 33 years. Mr. Davis invested many years in taking the streets out of Ozzy and preparing him for life’s greatest lessons and challenges that laid ahead in life. He took great interest and emphases on Ozzy’s personal growth, development, journey, purpose, and citizenship. Mr. Davis’ was all about human rights, having a voice of reason, positive change, making a difference, and protecting children. Through Mr. Davis’ involvement Ozzy became a member of ACT-UP Raleigh, NC in 1986 and attended meetings in New York with his mentor after finding out that his former wife, son, and daughter were all infected with HIV. Although Mr. Davis’ presence and daily telephone lecture lessons are missed by Ozzy, there is a comfort that his journey represents many of his ideals, vision, and theories regarding life choices, consequences, change for the greater good, and a responsibility in leaving this world a little bit better then when you entered it.
Guided by the principles of FAITH and not by sight is Ozzy’s way of life. Ozzy has a great appreciation for life and is well known to wear his heart on his sleeves when it comes to his passion of youth afflicted by HIV. His philanthropic heart to make a difference comes from his life experience and quest for making a difference for the greater good. Ozzy understands sense of duty and commitment as he served our nation proudly for over 20 plus years as a Special Staff Officer with the United States Marine Corps. Ozzy has a long and iconic legacy with HIV and was the first HIV Instructor on the National Navy’ Instructor Team certified by the Bureau of Medicine back in 1991. Since his retirement in 2005, Ozzy owns and operates a Personnel Screening and Investigative firm called C U CLEAR, which can be found on the web at www.cuclear.com. As a Marine Officer he enforced national policy, as an HIV activist and entrepreneur he wants to work towards an HIV Free generation, while paying forward the time, effort, and attention that Mr. Davis once put into him.
“There are times in life that you don’t get to pick the issues you want to take on, sometimes they just simply pick you.” Ozzy Ramos