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Henry A. J. Ramos
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Henry A. J. Ramos is President & CEO of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and an appointed member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Prior to joining the Insight Center, Ramos served on the program staffs of the Ford Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the Levi Strauss Foundation. From 2007-2010, he served as director and lead consultant of the Diversity in Philanthropy Project, an initiative of leading U.S. private foundations to increase philanthropic effectiveness through the greater inclusion of multicultural talent in foundation appointments, investments and contracting. Ramos, a California native, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, an MPA (Master’s in Public Administration) from Harvard University and a JD (Juris Doctorate) from UC Berkeley Law School.

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The Fleeting Dream of Homeownership

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Homeownership has long been central to the American Dream. Our homes are where our families and futures are built, and the single most important measure of an individual's ability to build wealth. Homeownership is, however, becoming a pipedream for many Americans. More and more of us are forced into a...

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A Nation Divided; A Call to Action

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:06 PM

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Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

The past several weeks have seen a sad and all-too-familiar scene replayed in American society -- the senseless killing of a young man of color at the hands of a white police officer and the revelation...

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It's All About Business!

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Co-written with Carlecia D. Wright

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Photo courtesy of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Business diversity policies are alive and well in many cities and counties throughout the U.S. -- and especially in Houston -- according to a new national study...

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Reinvest in California Seniors to Boost Local Economies

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:02 PM

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Photo credit: cyprus-mail.com (Paphos Christian Fellowship International tag)


Jerry Higgs suffered a career-ending back injury on a construction job. Two surgeries later, he's facing a lifetime of pain killers and making ends meet on California's below-poverty level SSI payments for...

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The Next Service Economy

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 5:33 PM

The American economy has changed in the years following the Great Recession of 2008. Manufacturing has seen a renaissance, yet over three-quarters of American jobs remain concentrated in service employment categories. We have moved from being a world leader in global economic production to the world's...

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¡Si Se Puede! (Yes We Can!)

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:30 PM

During the 2008 campaign that propelled Barack Obama into the presidency, then candidate Obama often invoked the phrase "Yes We Can!"

The slogan turned out to be a winning, if unlikely, reminder of the potential electoral superiority of people over money and power. It underscored the innate...

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Re-Invigorating America's Greatness Through National Employment Policy

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:17 AM

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At his recent State of the Union address, President Obama issued a timely challenge to U.S. corporate leaders: partner with the administration voluntarily to absorb more workers needing employment -- and especially the long-term unemployed and young people of...

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When Will Gov. Brown Wage a War on Poverty?

(6) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:51 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his new budget last week, almost 50 years to the day after the nation's highest officials undertook a decidedly ambitious effort to radically reduce inequality in America. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an unconditional war on poverty, he created public...

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Rebuilding a Political Economy of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 8:49 PM

Between 2005 and 2010, American households lost a whopping one third of their accumulated assets in the form of lower savings and investment holdings, lost property values, and reduced spending power.

Low-income families (and especially those of color) are increasingly precluded from making basic investments in themselves and their families....

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50 Years Post-Camelot: The Struggle Continues

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:08 AM

Fifty years ago this week, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. He was just 46 years old and had only just completed the third year of his presidency.

Kennedy was a vigorous, highly intelligent, and forward-looking man who inspired a generation of excitement about the possibilities of government...

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The Poverty of America's New Prosperity

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:16 PM

The great irony of America's recent economic stagnation is its juxtaposition with growing prosperity among the nation's privileged classes. By all accounts -- the raging stock market, growing luxury consumption and the underlying messaging of commercial advertisers -- America's wealthy are faring better than ever. Indeed the top 1 percent...

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The Measure of a Nation

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 6:16 PM

As Americans, we typically assume our way is best. There is some good reason for this. America is clearly the world's leader in economic, military, media and political power. But if we take a deeper look, by many important measures, our national standing and assets have been steadily declining for...

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