Advancement Project Closing the Opportunity Gap

Vickie Ramos Harris

Associate Director of Education Policy

Vickie Ramos Harris serves as Associate Director of Education Policy for Advancement Project. She is responsible for leading early childhood policy and advocacy in Los Angeles and across California as well as fostering opportunities to increase education equity in the public education system, including supporting the diverse needs of our English Learners and communities of color.  Vickie brings a “community-based policy making” lens to her education equity and social justice work in early childhood, K-12, and English Learner education and has served the communities of Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and engaged in statewide efforts in California.

Prior to joining Advancement Project, Vickie served as Chief of Staff to the Board Vice-President at LAUSD, and State Policy Director at Early Edge California engaging in local, state, and federal advocacy and supported major policy advancements including creating a new grade level in California (transitional kindergarten) and expanding bilingual education access at LAUSD. Vickie’s prior work also includes research, curriculum and program design, professional development, family and community engagement, and after school and summer programs with the Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative, Families In Schools, Upward Bound, Children’s Aid Society, and the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. Vickie holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College, and a master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, is a fellow with the English Learner Leadership & Legacy Initiative, serves on the Children’s Collabrium board, co-founded of the Latino Alumni of Pomona College, and formerly served on the Pomona College Alumni Board.  She enjoys culinary adventures, salsa dancing, storytelling, and snowboarding with her husband, John Kenyo Harris.