James Lick HS, Class of 1997
Senior Local Government Affairs Representative, PG&E
Christina Marie Ramos was born and raised in San José, where she attended all local schools including James Lick High School, graduating in 1997. After high school, she worked her way through college, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from The National Hispanic University in 2006, receiving the President’s Award. Christina then started her career at San José State University for the MESA Schools Program, working with educationally and economically disadvantaged students in middle and high school, providing educational opportunities in STEM, and preparing them for college. In this position, she served students and teachers in the East Side Union High School District as well as other schools throughout Santa Clara County. While working as Director of the MESA program, Christina received the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Influential Women Award and Latino Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40 Award and Latinos to Watch in Education Award.
After ten years in education, Christina went on to serve as Chief of Staff for San José City Councilmember Raul Peralez, the representative for District 3 within the Downtown Core of the city. There, she worked on policies in public safety, housing, economic development, and racial equity. Today, Christina serves as Senior Local Government Affairs Representative for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where she works with local governments on issues related to infrastructure, development, and processes regarding energy and power.
Throughout her career, Christina has always made time to serve her community on various boards and commissions, such as Santa Clara County’s Commission on the Status of Women, the City of San José’s Library and Early Education Commission, the Alum Rock School District’s Measure G and J Bond Oversight Committees, the Santa Clara County Office of Education County Committee, and the board of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN). She continues to serve as board member of San José Jazz and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and as a mentor to small nonprofit organizations.
Christina credits her success to being a product of public schools on the East Side and the community of champions who have always supported her throughout her career and education.