1st Term: 12/3/16 - 12/2/19
Disability Rights California
Attn: Hector Ramirez
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Hector Manuel Ramirez is a lifelong disability rights advocate. He is a Latino Chiricahua Apache, Two Spirits who has Autism and Bipolar Disorder. He works with county, state, national organizations, and policy makers to create legislation to reduce mental health disparities, especially for racial and ethnic communities.
Hector has also been a member of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission for the past six years, where he has served on the Services Committee and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee. Hector holds a PhD in neurochemistry, and has a background in communications and psychology.
For over two decades, Hector has volunteered and held board positions with various organizations throughout the Los Angeles County. His work also includes presenting at the United Nations and collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of his current focus is increasing mental health services for immigrants, victims of human trafficking, refugees, and undocumented individuals, families, and communities.
He wanted to serve on the DRC Board because the organization helped him leave the state hospital and pursue his education. “I want to advance DRC’s mission to support the notion that disability rights are human rights.”