Ramón Soto
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Ramón Soto

Director of Policy, Massachusetts

Ramón brings critical advocacy and government experience to the uAspire policy department, as the Director of Policy for Massachusetts. He has worked in Boston and Massachusetts state government for over 14 years, including in the administration of Boston’s last two mayors, Tom Menino and Marty Walsh, where he managed external relations for the City’s first ever cabinet on education, coordinated the launch of the City’s Office of Diversity and managed a varied portfolio of projects focused on community engagement, student-centered initiatives, and place-based strategies. Prior to this, Ramón worked in the Massachusetts State Senate, where he developed legislation on issues pertaining to education, housing, and human services. Ramón also possesses a strong political background, having worked on numerous statewide and local political campaigns, as well as three presidential campaigns. Ramón is a graduate of Stonehill College (BA in political science), and he recently completed a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Why uAspire?

My personal and professional experiences have provided me with a keen understanding of the education struggles faced by students & families. I am the proud product of so many people and opportunities that helped me along the way. But there are still far too many hurdles for young people of low and moderate income and diverse ethnic backgrounds to attain a quality post-secondary education. I chose uAspire so that I can combine my passion to help the under-served and underrepresented, and my experience in local and state government, to find policy and systems-change solutions that will help today's students, and future generations, make a college education an affordable reality.