Maribel Ramos serves as Legislative Director overseeing NGA’s federal advocacy on health and human services. Since joining NGA, Ramos has supported several rounds of successful advocacy to provide federal relief and support to states and territories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, worked with the White House and Congress to assist states and territories to ensure access to critical resources, and additional Medicaid funding.
Ramos has experience in state government and Congress working on policy issues focusing on health, human services, children’s issues, appropriations, judiciary, immigration, and education. She led Governor McAuliffe’s NGA Initiative on Cyber Security as Chair of the National Governors Association. In addition, she has experience working for a non-profit organization on issues impacting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Prior to joining NGA, Ramos has worked for Virginia Governor Mark Warner, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). She also served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Ramos has successfully delivered on key issues including military and job training, assisted in the creation of the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, creation of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Ramos holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Program. She also currently sits on the Virginia Board of Health. Ramos was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Upstate New York. She has resided in Virginia for more than 20 years.