Jean Ross works on the Civic Engagement and Government team. Her grant making has supported efforts to create new standards, rules, and practices to make government more accountable to the needs and priorities of marginalized groups. In her work she has focused on the reform of governance structures to protect the public interest and restore the public's faith in democracy.
Jean joined the foundation in 2012, bringing a wealth of expertise and a strong record of accomplishment on fiscal and economic policy issues. Previously, she served as executive director of the California Budget Project (CBP), one of the nation's leading state budget and policy organizations. A nationally recognized expert in the field, Jean has experience ranging from working as a member of the national advisory board of the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, to serving as chair of the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, a national network of 32 state-based budget and policy organizations.
Before joining the CBP, Jean was principal consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, developing and advancing legislation affecting state and local taxes policy, and a senior consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Human Services, focused on a range of social policy issues. Prior to that, she worked as the assistant research director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC, where she coordinated research activities on tax, budget, and labor market policies.
Jean received a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.