Married to Ross Fitzgerald.
- Studied at University at Buffalo
- Went to Oceanside Senior High School
Tzintzun Ramirez campaign
Becky Bond and Zack Malitz left Beto O'Rourke’s staff, less than a month after they’d helped the former Senate candidate rake in $6 million in the first day of his presidential campaign. It was seen, at the time, as a strategic shift for O’Rourke — away from the “big organizing” vision that drove his unexpectedly impactful 2018 Senate run. Now, Social Practice, the firm created by Bond and Malitz, who also worked on Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 campaign for president, is turning its “big organizing” vision toward Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, who on Monday announced her run for Senate in Texas.
Tzintzun Ramirez, a longtime organizer and the founder of a Texas-based nonprofit that mobilizes young Latino voters, is the latest candidate to jump into a crowded Democratic primary race for the Senate seat currently held by Republican John Cornyn — but she may be the Democrats’ best bet, considering her team and progressive platform.
Tzintzun Ramirez, who describes herself as a proud Irish Mexican American, is embracing progressive policy stances like Medicare For All, the Green New Deal, “massive divestment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” and rejecting all corporate PAC money. She also plans to roll out a “bold” immigration plan meant to “protect the rights of immigrant workers and families.”
And the 37-year-old hopeful’s campaign will be stacked with veterans from O'Rourke’s 2018 Senate race: Malitz, a key player on the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign who went on to help create O'Rourke’s massive field operation in 2018, will serve as a senior adviser on Tzintzún Ramirez’s campaign. Katelyn Coghlan, former statewide deputy field director for O’Rourke’s campaign in 2018, will be campaign manager, and Ginny Goldman, co-founder of the Texas Organizing Project, will be a campaign chair. Bond said that she’ll also be helping Ramirez.
Malitz said that the campaign is hoping to raise $100,000 in the first 24 hours of the campaign and that early indications suggested the goal was attainable.
Ginny Goldman December 16, 2018 ·
Founder of TOP
Ginny Goldman came to Houston in 2003, a New Yorker by way of Chicago, where she'd been working as a community organizer for the left-wing Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now since she was 21.
For ACORN, she knocked on Houston doors. And soon, she came to a realization: "What works in Chicago doesn't necessarily work here," she says. "What works on the East Coast doesn't necessarily work here. What works in other southern places doesn't necessarily work here."
Progress, she thought, required a Texas solution built for the vagaries of a big city that was diverse, cosmopolitan, and part of the heavily Republican Deep South. Many national campaigns run by unions, other big left-leaning non-profits or Democratic Party affiliates didn't even include Houston.
She built Texas Organizing Project with three main thrusts: shoe-leather canvassing in the neighborhoods; policy and legal research; and direct political action via voter turnout efforts and a political action committee.
TOP staff photo
Texas Organizing Project June 30, 2016;
Today, we're celebrating Ginny Goldman's last day as TOP's executive director. Thank you Ginny for having the vision, passion and courage to help found this organization and for leading it for more than six years. We love you! — with Crystal Zermeno, Tarsha Jackson, Daniel Joseph Barrera, Mitzi Ordonez, Luvia Tapia, Mary Moreno Montejano, Tiffany Bergman Hogue, Tarah Taylor, Dorothy Dotty Wagner, Bri Brown, Michelle Tremillo, Gloria Villarreal, Robert Tiznado, Laquita Garcia, Ginny Goldman, Constance C. Luo, Allison Brim, John Moore, Brandon Morgan, Kimberly Olsen, Lola Garcia, Laura Perez-Boston and Silvia Chicas.
Ginny Goldman is the former Executive Director of the Texas Organizing Project and Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, which she founded in 2009.. TOP and TOPEF conduct strategic, year-round community organizing centered on issue-based campaigns, and engage thousands of low-income, minority voters during election cycles. Prior to founding TOP, Ginny directed the Texas chapter of ACORN. Before moving to Texas, she worked as an organizer in Chicago where her work contributed to reforming the lending practices of a neighborhood bank that was discriminating against minority borrowers, and to cleaning up a contaminated industrial site in a Latino residential area. She holds a BA in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is fluent in Spanish. Ginny lives in Houston with her husband Ross Fitzgerald and their two sons.