Rafael Marimon was born in central Florida but lived with his single-mother in the Dominican Republic until she married and relocated her two kids to south Florida. His mother was an airline gate agent, and his step-father was a construction worker. From an early age his family stressed how important it is to take leaps of faith, work hard for what you want, and to humbly serve others.
While in high school, Rafael began his service to the community by becoming a distinguished leader in his church's youth ministry, His high school's JROTC program, and in the local Civil Air Patrol squadron. All of which earned him multiple recognitions for his contributions to our country and the community. Rafael also began working in construction as a laborer during the summers in high school. His career in construction paused when he joined the Marine Corps Reserves after graduating high school and after finishing his active-duty training obligations. Rafael returned to construction then transitioned to working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in over five countries. He has had the privilege of working alongside a diverse range of leaders from international heads of state, to local community leaders.
Rafael has been serving the Tallahassee community since 2015, while being a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional engineers, he coordinated efforts for "Noche de ciencia" or "Science night" where high school students gain exposure to science experiments and college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors. Rafael also had the privilege of working for the local workforce development board, Career Source Capital Region. During his tenure at Career Source Capital Region, he and his team successfully coordinated with leaders in academia, non-profits, and the business communities within Leon, Wakulla, and Gadsden Counties to assist individuals that suffered long-term un - and underemployment to obtain the skills and training needed to secure full-time employment within STEM careers or start a business with a STEM. More than 260 people in our community directly benefited from these efforts.
Rafael recently graduated from Tallahassee Community College and has also sat on the board for the Allegiance of Entrepreneurial Resource Organization (AERO) and Keiser University's IT department advisory board. He co-founded STEM Veterans USA Inc. and the development advocacy group, Grow Tallahassee. Rafael is an active Prince Hall Affiliate Free and Accepted Mason. Rafael is humbled by his life experiences and is passionate about advocating change to so that every member of our community may benefit through growth and development in the city. During his free time, he loves to travel and meet new people.