Ricky Holder
Public Policy Fellow at End Poverty in California
Ricky Holder
Ricky Holder
Ricky Holder
Public Policy Fellow at End Poverty in California
2023 Champion
2023 Champion

Ricky Holder is an aspiring policy advocate and will begin pursuing an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford in October 2023 as a Marshall Scholar. He brings a unique blend of personal, professional, and academic experiences to his work and studies.

He graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2023 with a degree in public policy studies and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. While at UChicago, Ricky Co-Chaired the Student Advisory Board at the Institute of Politics and was part of the Public Policy Leaders Program.

Ricky’s educational foundation was established at Foothill College, where he pursued studies in Economics from 2018 to 2019. The rigorous coursework and supportive environment at Foothill College were instrumental in preparing him for subsequent academic pursuits and fostering his passion for public policy advocacy.

Having served as a US Navy Information Systems Technician for six years, Ricky developed a strong foundation in managing critical information systems and collaborating with cross-functional teams. This experience instilled in him a disciplined and adaptable approach to problem-solving, which he now applies to his passion for improving the lives of vulnerable populations.

Having spent 10 years in the foster care system, he draws from his personal journey to fuel his dedication to creating evidence-based solutions that keep families together, protect children, and invest in communities. As such, Ricky’s policy interests lie in child welfare, criminal justice, income inequality, poverty, and the social safety net.

Ricky is excited about his forthcoming research at Oxford, where he will conduct a comparative study of advanced countries’ child welfare systems. By examining successful approaches to family preservation and child protection, he aims to gain valuable insights that can inform policy decisions and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Ricky’s skill set encompasses policy research, writing, communications, qualitative research methods, and strategy development. He understands the importance of effective communication in policy advocacy and possesses the ability to distill complex ideas into clear and compelling messages for various audiences.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Ricky is actively preparing for a career in policy advocacy, government, or political campaigns. He aims to leverage his skills, knowledge, and personal experiences to effect meaningful change at the intersection of public policy and social justice.