Josephine Ramirez

Portfolio Director at The James Irvine Foundation

Josephine Ramirez

Josephine Ramirez

Portfolio Director at The James Irvine Foundation

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Josephine Ramirez

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Josephine Ramirez became one of three new portfolio directors at The James Irvine Foundation in February 2016, transitioning from her former role as Arts program director that began in January 2010. The portfolio director position is a reflection of the evolving work of the Foundation and represents a cross-disciplinary approach to how Irvine develops and implements our grantmaking.

Before joining Irvine, Josephine was vice president of programming and planning for the Music Center in Los Angeles, where she founded the programming department in 2003 and launched several groundbreaking initiatives related to increasing active arts participation and to providing programming for immigrant communities. Previously, she was a program officer at the Getty Foundation, managing funding in the areas of arts leadership development, Los Angeles cultural organizations, arts education research, and arts policy. Also at the Getty, she was research associate at the Research Institute, creating and implementing a multiyear investigation of the connections between art making and civic participation.

Earlier, Josephine worked as an independent consultant to cultural organizations around the country, producing large- and small-scale performance events. She was the community arts coordinator for the King County Arts Commission in Seattle before moving to California in 1989. For the city of Los Angeles, she served as vice president of the Cultural Affairs Commission and chair of the city’s Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee. She is a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, an award that supported her research on informal, nonprofessional art making and its relationship to individual and community vitality. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Josephine earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in theater from the University of Washington.

Josephine is based out of Irvine's Los Angeles office.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The James Irvine Foundation

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The James Irvine Foundation's mission is to expand opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. James Irvine, a California agricultural pioneer, established the Foundation in 1937 to benefit the people of California. Since then, the Foundation has met the objectives of its founder by providing more than $1.3 billion in grants to over 3,500 nonprofit organizations across the state. The guiding principle in all our grantmaking is the idea of expanding opportunity. In our Youth program, that means helping students build a strong foundation for college and career success. In the Arts, it means fostering creativity and nurturing a rich cultural environment. And through our California Democracy program, it means advancing effective public policy decision making that is reflective of and responsive to all Californians. Our Goals In pursuing our mission, we are guided by the following goals: Advance the educational and economic prospects of low-income Californians to share in and create California's prosperity. Engage a broad cross section of Californians in the civic and cultural life of their communities and the state. Enhance mutual understanding and communication among diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Enrich the state's intellectual and creative environment.

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