Mari Carmen Ramírez is Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and director of the International Center for Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Art Houston. Time magazine has called Ramirez one of the most influential Hispanics in America. Ramirez began her rise in Puerto Rico where she served as director of the Museum of Anthropology, History and Art at the University of Puerto Rico. After that she spent 12 years in Austin establishing the Latin American program at the Blanton Art Museum before joining the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2001. As the first director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Ramirez is responsible for some of the most celebrated initiatives to come out of the museum and has helped elevate 20th century Latin American art.