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Josephine Ramirez

Josephine Ramirez is a portfolio director at The James Irvine Foundation with more than 25 years of experience working in the nonprofit arena including government and private foundation grantmaking increasing political and economic opportunity for low-income workers.

  • Worked at the Music Center in Los Angeles as vice president of programming and planning and founded the programming department
  • Served as a program officer at the Getty Foundation managing funds and as a research associate at the Research Institute, creating and implementing a multiyear investigation of the connections between art making and civic participation
  • Previously work as Director of Education, Producer of the Improvisational Theatre Project and Program Producer of the Latino Theatre Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group; participated as an arts consultant to numerous cultural organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, Inner City Arts, and the Kennedy Center; she was Community Arts Coordinator for the King County Arts Commission in Seattle; and served as Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Los Angeles and as the Arts & Culture Commissioner for the El Pueblo Historic District
  • Currently on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles’ new public downtown arts high school and a Fellow at the UCLA Center for Civil Society
  • Earned an MFA in Theatre from the University of Washington and was awarded a 2003 Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University

Last updated 8/25/16