Washington, DC – Latino Victory Project is proud to welcome Oscar Ramirez to our National Committee. The National Committee is comprised of founding partners who help chart the course for the organization. Together, these members represent the diversity of our country, serving a strategic role in helping to identify Latino leaders across the country to run for office.

Cristóbal J. Alex, President of Latino Victory Project said, “We are very happy and proud to welcome Oscar Ramirez to our National Committee. Oscar is a fantastic political operative with a breadth of experience and we are lucky to have him on board. Aside from his fantastic political work, Oscar has also been a mentor for many young Latinos looking to engage in politics, and has helped launch many Latinos’ political careers. We are looking forward to having Oscar’s input, knowledge, and critical eye as we work to increase Latino political representation and participation across the country.”

Oscar Ramirez said, “It’s a privilege to be joining the Latino Victory Project on their National Committee. What EMILY’s List is to electing women and the Victory Fund to electing LGBT candidates, the Latino Victory Project is to Latinos. It’s the springboard that will launch the political careers of Latinos around the country – from city councils and state legislatures to Governorships and U.S. Senators. One day in the near future, we may even help send the first Latino to the White House. I look forward to helping the Latino Victory Project build on their efforts to politically empower the Hispanic community.”

Oscar Ramirez is a seasoned Democratic strategist with over a decade of political and policy experience in senior roles on national political campaigns, on Capitol Hill and in the Obama administration. Oscar is a Principal at the Podesta Group, the preeminent Washington, DC government relations and public relations firm where he works with technology, telecommunications and renewable energy companies. Oscar has been named by Washington Life Magazine as one of “Washington DC’s most influential movers and shakers under 40,” and was listed by The Huffington Post as one of the top “40 Under 40 Latinos in American Politics.” Oscar, who is one of the Democratic Party’s top Latino donors and political operatives, is a prominent player in national Democratic politics. He was 1st Vice Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party under Governor Martin O’Malley and was a Democratic National Committee member. He also held leadership positions on the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign in battleground Ohio and in 2008 as Barack Obama’s Virginia policy director. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Stephanie Valencia, and their dogs, Dug and Lucy.

See below for quotes from prominent elected officials and candidates that have worked with Oscar throughout his political career:

“Oscar will be a tremendous asset to the Latino Victory Project. I’ve worked with Oscar to help pass and protect the Maryland DREAM Act and to help support talented, next generation leaders in the Latino community around the country. I am confident that with his help, the Latino Victory Project will continue to grow and open the doors of opportunity to Latino leaders everywhere,” said Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD).

“Oscar Ramirez goes above and beyond to build the political voice of the Latino community. Our halls of government must reflect the diversity in our communities, and Oscar Ramirez has been instrumental in making that dream a reality. I am grateful for his service, and I look forward to all he will accomplish in his new role at the Latino Victory Project,” said Nanette Barragán, Latino Victory Fund endorsed candidate for Congress (CA-44).

Hector Balderas, New Mexico Attorney General said, “Oscar has been an effective national leader in helping Latinos get elected to public office. I will always be grateful for his commitment to a stronger, more diverse America.”

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State said, “Oscar Ramirez is a key ally in our nation’s capital when it comes to Latino political growth. His commitment to helping elect Latinos and the diverse resources he brings will be tremendous assets to the Latino Victory Project. The Latino Victory Project and Latino candidates nationwide are lucky to have him in this new role.”