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Jessica Ward-Ramirez

Jessica Ward-Ramirez

Budget and Finance, CAO trainee

City of Los Angeles

Budget and Finance Administrative Trainee at City of Los Angeles, City Hall





City of Los Angeles

Budget and Finance, CAO trainee

■ Perform relevant research to identify and apply best practices to Los Angeles. Collected data
on trash abatement, prepared summary report with recommendations, and presented report to
executive managers. This report became the basis for a successful grant application for City of
Los Angeles.

■ Organize, research, and summarize policy issues as needed and perform assessments,
prepare assessment timelines, and issue written reports with complete recommendations on
implementation of new performance budgeting system to Los Angeles Mayor, City Council and
executive City managers.

■ Gather information through interviews and by collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data from
business periodicals, professional journals, technical manuals, and government regulations to
prepare a written report with recommendations on a proposed street repair bond measure.

■ Provide guidance, technical assistance, and administrative support for research studies and to
respond to requests for information about Los Angeles.

■ Developed working knowledge to plan, develop and implement Requests for Proposals to
solicit and select consultants and service providers for contract opportunities.

Career medium 04



Claremont Graduate University


Career medium 02

Step Up Women's Network

Teen Programs Volunteer

■Co-coordinated and mentored classes for 12 seniors at
Gertz-Ressling Charter High School

■Counseled students to develop business etiquette, advise
goal-setting and independent learning skills through 16-week
mentoring program and college application and mentorship

■ Led professional development workshops and lessons to
achieve student success in classroom and community,
including effective study skills, financial aid, nutrition,
substance abuse and time management.


Polytechnic School

Guest Teacher

■ Implemented daily and weekly objectives through interactive assignments, projects and multi-
media to engage K-12 students to discuss and write about history, politics and culture.

■ Evaluated students’ analytical, researching, reading, writing and leadership skills.

Career medium 06
Career medium 06

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina

Program Coordinator

■ Researched, analyzed, and wrote legislative motions to implement changes to the After Care
program of the County Probation Department.

■ Worked with a senior analyst to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid
conclusions to mandate countywide data sharing among Los Angeles County Departments of
Probation, Mental Health, Health Services, and Education.

■ Coordinated County Departments of Probation, Mental Health, Health Services, and Education
to ensure joint access to data across 88 municipalities in the County to make client referrals
for wrap-around service providers available to youth living in Los Angeles County.

■ Researched and understood the latest developments and strategies in Health Services and
Mental Health Services for youth in juvenile hall camps, including, but not limited to public
policy strategy, the Affordable Care Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

■ Maintained a constructive and collaborative working relationship with the Los Angeles County
Departments of Health Services, Mental Health, and Children and Family Services, along with
local, state and national social services organizations and other community based

■ Identified policy benefits and burdens and culturally sensitive approaches to serve the interests
of constituents and public policy, applied this information to, and wrote, an After Care Program
training manual for the County Probation Department staff to provide wrap around services to
incarcerated youths.


Pasadena City College

Teacher Preparation Program Project Manager

■ Developed and conducted qualitative and quantitative surveys to monitor program effectiveness
for 20 program participants annually.

■ Implemented quality assurance feedback for interns and teachers to rate the value of mentor
and program experiences, adopted by PCC for continued use.

■ Instituted and managed performance metrics to evaluate ongoing program goals.

■ Oversaw endowment budget of $1 million to ensure accountability in allocations and

Career medium 04
Career medium 06

University of California, Los Angeles

Visiting Lecturer

UCLA's Academic Advancement Program hosts the university's Transfer Summer Program and Freshman Summer Program. As an lecturer, I manage a class of 20 undergraduates and one teacher's assistant.

■ Developed and implemented weekly objectives based on history, anthropology and political

■ Taught the Social Justice Class: “Crafting a Community: How Do You Want to be an
Instrument of Social Change?” for three quarters to community college transfer students to
improve student reading and writing skills at the graduate school level and to promote self-
reliance, personal responsibility and confidence in class discussions and writing.

■ Mentored 24 low-income, first-generation college students to develop organizational and
academic coping skills through assignments, projects, and interactive media using policy-
based curriculum to engage cultural and community ideology to ensure student understanding
of the ways in which policy shapes local and global economies, communities and leadership.

■ Facilitated classroom discussions and debates based on public documents, public policy
research, and personal narrative.


Committee to Elect David S. McCabe

Campaign Organizer/Manager for Committee to Elect David S. McCabe as Trustee of Nuview School Board

■ Worked closely with internal and external partners to organize meetings, public relations
events, speaking engagements and public forums which endorsed community
leaders and stakeholders.

■ Independently planned and completed campaign projects including creating and editing of
marketing materials, campaign newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, and
website information to increase visibility.

Career medium 04
Career medium 02

University of California, Los Angeles

Learning Facilitator, English Composition

Class Theme: Politics in Contemporary Media
■ Taught twenty first-generation, low-income college students how to develop original written
arguments substantiated by sound reasoning and convincing textual analysis.

■ Led priority reading, writing and thinking exercises that gave students the critical thinking
foundations that will help them to be independent thinkers across the curriculum, in their
daily lives and as lifelong learners.

■ Motivated students to exercise their fact based arguments about gender, race and class in
their assignments in office hours, in class discussions and in their written work.


University of California, Los Angeles

Teachers Assistant

Twentieth Century United States History Since 1960
Gender in California, United States History 1945-2000

■ Clarified complex ideas to motivate student centered learning.

■ Led section tutorials and graded papers, midterms, and final exams for 300 students.

■ Encouraged students to engage in dialogue about the course readings and assignments.

Career medium 01

Rosemead High School

High School Degree

University of Oxford

Educational Abroad Program, Literature, humanities and history.

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, History and Anthropology

Claremont Graduate University

• Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program

University of California, Irvine

Master of Arts, History