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Henry A. J. Ramos

Senior Fellow, The New School

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About Henry

Ramos' areas of expertise include DEI, social investment, public media and communications, higher education policy, and creative culture. At the Institute Ramos supports leadership, staff, and allied researchers in efforts to advance new thinking and action in applied research, social investment, and policy making. Ramos also serves as the Board Chair of Nonprofit Finance Fund, one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions and a case study in successful efforts to elevate racial equity in community finance. He also serves as an advisor to leading social investment innovators like Barrios Unidos and Company of Angels Theatre Group, as well as the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, the Women’s Foundation of California, PartnersGlobal, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Ramos was previously the chief executive officer of the Oakland, California-based Insight Center for Community Economic Development.


Reassessing Education and the American Dream

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In the News

"To Prevent Youth Violence, Invest in Young People," Henry A. J. Ramos (with Albino Garcia Jr.), Opinion > Congress Blog, The Hill, January 17, 2023.
"Our Education System Is Not Setting Up Students for Success," Henry A. J. Ramos (with Eric C. Abrams), The Hechinger Report, September 6, 2022.
"How One Organization Is Prioritizing Racial Equity and What It’s Learn," Henry A. J. Ramos (with Trella R. Walker), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 28, 2022.
"Trump Is Laying the Seeds for a New Osama Bin La," Henry A. J. Ramos, The Mercury News, July 31, 2019.
"How to Make Wealth Building and Job Opportunities More Equitable," Henry A. J. Ramos (with Katie Taylor), Economic Development, Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 15, 2019.
"California Must Find New Pathways Toward a Working Economy," Henry A. J. Ramos, Opinion/ Open Forum, San Francisco Chronicle, December 13, 2018.


Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice: Testimonies (edited with Frank de Jesus Acosta) (Arte Publico Press, 2016).

Contains a curated collection of prison youth testimonials and reflections on American justice and young men of color, in the form of essays, poems, drawings, and tatoo art).

Democracy and the Next American Economy: Where Prosperity Meets Justice (Arte Publico Press, 2019).

Illustrates an in-depth assessment of US imperatives to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy, with specific examples of social innovations and progressive policy reforms that would help to pave the way.

The History of Barrios Uniods Healing Community Violence (edited with Luis J. Rodriguez) (Arte Publico Press, 2007).

Consists of a curated collection of essays on one of America's leading gang- and community violence prevention leaders, with commentaries by leading social justice advocates including Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, and the late Tom Hayden.)

Nuevos Senderos: Reflections on Hispanics and Philanthropy (edited with Diana Campoamor and William A Diaz) (Arte Publico Press, 1999).

Examines the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. Hispanic groups seeking to engage more fully in American philanthropic institutions and processes.