Ricardo Ramírez is an advisor in The Brennan Center for Justice’s Voting Rights and Elections Program. He supports organizations striving for a more representative and equitable democracy across the country.
Mr. Ramírez, is the founder of Forward Shift Strategies, a communications consulting firm, and he brings 13 years of work on electoral campaigns and democracy and social justice efforts. Before his work as a consultant and advisor, Mr. Ramírez directed the Democracy Program at ReThink Media, a nonprofit supporting social justice organizations across the country with communications and messaging strategies. He was also a senior member of the communications team at Advancement Project’s national office, where he worked with organizations at the forefront of grassroots racial justice fights, focusing on voting rights, immigrant justice and rights restoration. During his tenure with AP, he shaped communications strategies that resulted in thousands regaining the right to vote, led communications strategies for high-impact litigation in multiple states, and advised senior organizational leadership on communications strategy.
Mr. Ramírez got his start through years of work in political press offices, including the U.S. Senate and the Democratic National Committee, where he served as a regional press secretary as well as Latino communications director. He was an integral part of President Barack Obama’s successful 2012 campaign in Florida, where he led communications in the I-4 corridor.