Since 1995, HENRY A. J. RAMOS has served as founder and principal of Mauer Kunst Consulting, a California- and New York-based private consulting group that specializes in strategic planning, project management, program development, organizational assessment/TA, and research services targeted to businesses, foundations, and nonprofit institutions.
His current and past clients include: The California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Marguerite Casey Foundation, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting/Station Resources Group, Council on Foundations, Ford Foundation, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co., The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Nike, Inc., Open Society Institute, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Union Bank of California, the University of Houston, and Univision.
Ramos has written extensively on various issues related to organized philanthropy and civil society, and his work and opinions have been quoted over the years in leading national media, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Crain’s New York Business, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Public Broadcasting System’s radio and television networks.
Since 2001 he has served as executive editor of the University of Houston-based Arte Público Press (APP), overseeing APP’s contemporary non-fiction and arts publications, as well as its Hispanic civil rights history book series – a multi-volume collection of publications that has been supported by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Prudential Financial, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The Rockefeller Foundation, among other funders.
Ramos’ interest in Latino civil rights and social justice issues stems from his early life experiences as a community arts organizer in the 1970s and, later, as Special Assistant to the National Chairman of the American GI Forum – the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic veterans civil rights organization – during the early 1980s. While representing the GI Forum, Ramos focused on governmental and public affairs issues, and his contacts included key members of the then-Reagan administration and leading members of Congress. During his tenure with the Forum, Ramos produced an authoritative history of the organization’s accomplishments during the period 1948-1983, which was subsequently published in book form by Arte Público Press in 1998.
Ramos has served on the boards of directors of various domestic and international nonprofit organizations, including Partners for Democratic Change, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Asian American Justice Center, the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and the Romare Bearden Foundation.
Presently, Ramos serves as an appointed member of the California Community Colleges board of governors (which oversees the world’s largest system of public higher education) and as a member of the board of directors of the Women’s Foundation of California and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy (which he founded in 1985 while studying at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government).
Ramos is a former member of the professional staffs of the Ford Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, where he managed multi-million dollar grants programs focused on U.S. social policy and civic affairs issues. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he completed an A.B. in Political Economy (1980) with honors and served as student commencement speaker. He is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed an M.P.A. (1985), and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he earned a J.D. (1990).
Ramos has also had extensive international experience. During 1988-90, he spent considerable time studying and writing in Europe in affiliation with the Geneva-based Centre Henry Dunant and the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as the University of Strasbourg, France. As a result of this work, he produced in fall 1990 a Connecticut Journal of International Law article on Swiss and international refugee law issues (6 Conn. J. Int’l L. 53). During 1990-92, he was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany, where he completed consulting projects at both the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn and the Volkswagen Foundation in Hanover. During 1995 and from 2002-2010, Ramos also spent considerable time in Mexico as a fellow of the U.S.-Mexico Solidarity Foundation and then as an advisor to the Diego Rivera Foundation.
During 2007-2010, he served as director/lead consultant of the Diversity in Philanthropy Project (www.diversityinphilanthropy.org), a three year initiative of leading U.S. private foundation CEOs and trustees designed to increase philanthropic sector effectiveness through expanded diversity in foundation governance, staffing, programming, and contracting.
In addition to the aforementioned activities and pursuits, Henry A. J. Ramos is a recognized visual artist (see www.mauerkunst.com). His original collage and acrylic works have been shown at galleries and sold to private and institutional collectors in Los Angeles, CA, New York City, San Luis Obispo, CA, Seattle, WA, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany.
Ramos currently owns, operates, and lives on a ten acre ranch located in Creston, CA with his wife of 20 years, Claudia Lenschen-Ramos, and an assemblage of 3 large dogs, 2 adopted stray cats, 5 goats, 2 sheep, and 7 chickens.