Marco Ramirez

2018 to 2019
Placement:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Placement Location:
San Francisco
Major:
Public Health with minor in Public Policy
Hometown:
Modesto, California
Marco Ramirez, born and raised in the Central Valley, grew up idolizing Cesar Chavez and his mission to improve working conditions for farm workers. At UC Berkeley, Marco majored in Public Health and minored in Public Policy. His passion for public service stems from his desire to improve the lives of people around him—much like his hero, Cesar Chavez. 
 
Marco’s first foray into public service was an internship at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for the City of San Francisco, where he helped revamp the city’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA) program. Selected as a 2107 Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellow, he worked as a policy liaison and field representative for the Office of Assemblymember Adam C. Gray, working on constituency outreach and drafting legislative response letters.  
 
Marco furthered honed his research and writing skills by working as a Health Policy consultant commissioned by California Health Policy Strategies, L.L.C and the California Health Care Foundation to draft a policy memo on California’s response to a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate. This summer, Marco will work at MIT’s J-PAL North America (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) conducting health care program and policy evaluations to better understand and improve health care delivery in the United States at the federal, state, and local level.
 
As a Gardner Fellow, Marco's placement will be at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in San Francisco.