Fil-Am housing activist is a California Senate district’s ‘Woman of the Year’
SACRAMENTO –Tenants’ rights and affordable housing advocate Emily Ann Ramos, a Filipino American Mountain View resident, was named 2022 Woman of the Year for the 13th Senate District by State Senator Josh Becker.
To mark Women’s History Month and just one day before International Women’s Day, Senator Becker honored Ramos in a surprise presentation Monday, March 7 during a virtual staff meeting held by Silicon Valley at Home, better known as SV@Home, where Ramos works as the Preservation and Protection Associate.
“I applaud Emily’s demonstrated commitment to finding fair and equitable solutions to permanent housing for all, and I am thrilled to be able to recognize her as my district’s 2022 Woman of the Year,” Becker said.
Ramos has devoted her career and volunteer work to protecting the rights of tenants and ensuring access to safe, stable housing, Senator Becker said.
At SV@Home, she educates tenants and landlords about state eviction laws and rent relief resources. She also works with policymakers to develop protection and preservation‐related policies to help vulnerable tenants, low‐income families and people at risk of becoming homeless.
Ramos is also a member of Mountain View’s Rental Housing Committee, helping develop rent stabilization policy and advising the community on tenant and landlord programs.
She also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and she is a member of the League of Women Voters Los Altos – Mountain View Area’s Housing Committee.
Mountain View Mayor Lucas Ramirez and Ramos’ sister, Angelica Ramos-Allen, attended the virtual presentation that her colleagues carefully kept under wraps.
“I am truly stunned to receive this recognition,” Ramos said. “I have been blessed with an abundance of encouragement, knowledge and guidance of family members, mentors and colleagues which enabled me to seek solutions to the housing crisis and advocate for the shelter needs of historically excluded community members. Just to be able to do this work is an honor, but to be named Woman of the Year for that work is beyond what I could ever anticipate. Thank you, Senator Becker.”