Jean Ross

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Jean Ross

Jean Ross joined the California Budget Project as its first executive director in 1995. The CBP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established to promote a better understanding of state fiscal and economic policy issues and their impact on low and middle income Californians.

Her prior professional experience includes serving as Principal Consultant to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee; Senior Consultant to the Assembly Human Services Committee, where she staffed the California Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the Changing Family; and Assistant Research Director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for coordinating the union’s research on tax, budget, and employment policy issues. Jean serves on the Board of the Washington, DC-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy; the Advisory Board of the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution; the Advisory Committee of California’s Franchise Tax Board; the Technical Advisory Committee of California’s Economic Strategy Panel; and the Board of the California Tax Reform Association.

Ms. Ross is a frequent speaker on fiscal and economic policy issues and has published numerous reports and articles. She has authored articles published by the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, State Tax Notes, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, Cornell University Press, and other publications.[1]


Ms. Ross graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Regional Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Ross was selected as a Senior Fellow of the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Public Policy and Social Research in 2000-01.[2]

Santa Cruz NAM

In 1980, David Phillips and Jean Ross were members of Santa Cruz New American Movement.[3]

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Stanley Aronowitz, NY NAM; Bill Barclay, Political Committee and Jean Ross, San Francisco NAM spoke on a mini-plenary entitled Reaganomics: Accumulation, Consumption and Class Conflict at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.[4]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Jean Ross was a San Francisco, California delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[5]

"Women and Unions"

Dorothy Sue Cobble, was the editor of "Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership". (Ithaca, NY; ILR Press, 1993). Contributors included Margaret Halleck, of the University of Oregon and formerly of the Service Employees International Union, Jean Ross and Ronnie Steinberg, both of whom have been active in Democratic Socialists of America, Gloria Johnson - a vice president of the International Union of Electronic Workers, new president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, a newly elected member of the AFL-CIO executive council, Susan Cowell, an International Ladies Garment Workers Union vice president and DSA activist, Virginia duRivage and David C. Jacobs, Leslie Nulty of the UFCW, DSA activist Roberta Lynch.[6]

Healthcare call-in

On May 15th, 2013 a national call-in was convened to promote Rep. John Conyers' bill H.R. 676, that would establish a non-profit, universal, single-payer health care program, an improved "Medicare for All" act.

Participants were;

"Progressive Agenda"

Signers of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's May 12, 2015 launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality included Jean Ross, National Nurses United.[8]

Healthcare Now! convention

Progressive Democrats of America staffers Dr. Bill Honigman and Dan O'Neal along with fellow PDA members and scores Single-Payer activists from around the country met September 17, in Las Vegas for the annual Healthcare Now! convention.

On Saturday attendees heard stirring speeches from PDA National Advisory Board members, National Nurse United leader Michael Lighty, nationally-renowned healthcare activist Dr. Paul Song.

Nevada Congresswoman and HR-676 co-signer Dina Titus, Healthcare Now leader Ben Day, NNU Vice President Jean Ross and PDA California Co-State Coordinator Dr. Bill Honigman also spoke during the conference, and PDA Arizona State Coordinator Dan O’Neal moderated a discussion.

One of the most stirring talks was Las Vegas activists Amy Vilela who told the heart wrenching story of losing her daughter due to not having healthcare Insurance. Amy is now running for Congress on a strong progressive platform in NV CD- 3.[9]


  3. Resolutions packet for the 1980 NAM convention
  4. NAM 10th Convention Agenda, July 29, 1981
  5. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  6. Dem.Left Sept./Oct. 1993, page 35
  7. PDA, Healthcare not Warfare
  9. PDA Something Positive That Happened In Las VegasOct 5, 2017