Monique Ramos provides California Strategies & Advocacy’s clients with keen strategic insights regarding California’s Education System and the State Budget and Legislative process. She often manages the multiple facets of a comprehensive government affairs program, ranging from federal policy initiatives, external stakeholder engagement, fiscal policy, interaction with the Governor’s office and education agencies, and the design and execution of a legislative agenda. Ramos’ ability to navigate the complex legislative process in Sacramento often exceed client expectations.
Since joining California Strategies & Advocacy, Ramos has consulted many clients focused on education and early childhood development, including, First 5 Los Angeles and Pearson Education.
Previously, Ramos served as the Director of the Government Affairs Division under State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. In that role Ramos managed the Superintendent’s and agency’s government affairs portfolio for five years. Her focus included the Superintendent’s legislative agenda, including landmark legislation on a new statewide assessment system. She led the agency’s role in the state budget process, including management of advocacy for the Superintendent’s positions, and representation of the agency and Superintendent in all Budget Committee and Subcommittee proceedings. She was a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Team and responsible for advising on major agency initiatives.
She earlier served under the State Superintendent, as Senior Legislative Advisor. Her responsibilities included monitoring legislative activity affecting K-12 education, the Superintendent and the agency. She represented the Superintendent in policy committees and prepared and negotiated amendments with individual legislators, legislative staff, stakeholders, and the executive branch. She often resolved policy conflicts within the agency and formulated the Superintendent’s positions on legislation. As a recognized expert, she often advised on the implementation of significant legislation.
Prior to her service to the State Superintendent of Education, Ramos worked as a consultant in the Speaker’s Office of Member Services for six months. In this capacity, Ramos advised new legislators on strategic use of resources to target key constituencies, highlight their accomplishments, and manage other services provided by the Speaker’s Office of Member Services. She designed and managed mail and media programs that highlighted legislative accomplishments, state programs, and constituent outreach programs. She also aided legislative offices in the development of their legislative packages by highlighting key issues affecting their districts – all while managing interdepartmental projects.
Ramos earlier served as a Legislative Aide to then State Assembly Member Tom Torlakson and earlier to State Assembly Member Jim Beall, Jr. in these rolls Ramos researched, developed and staffed legislation in areas of education, transportation, judicial issues, human services and water. She represented the members with stakeholders and legislative committee staff. Assisted the press secretary with media activities and press events. She also monitored, analyzed and briefed the members on the budget with particular focus on education. She advised and provided analysis and staff support to the Assembly Member Torlakson in his role on Transportation, Housing and Community Development Committees. Ramos assisted in numerous select committees for Assembly Member Beall with a particular focus on the Higher Education Committee.
Ramos balanced her final year of Undergraduate Studies working as a Program Coordinator, managing the Young Women’s Voter Outreach program, for the California Women Lead formerly CEWAER. Her responsibilities included analyzing voter registration data, and the development of a strategic plan to engage young women in the political process that included an outreach plan, volunteer recruitment, and voter education. She planned and coordinated local government workshops including the development of materials and event outreach.
Ramos received her Bachelor of Arts in Government with a Minor in Communications Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She resides in Sacramento with her husband and in her spare time she enjoys gardening.