Movement Worker. Public Health Researcher.
Jacqueline Scott Ramos is a poet, educator, movement worker, and public health researcher, born and raised in San Francisco's Mission district—with roots birthed in the Philippines, Mississippi, the Chickasaw Nation, and Spain. Her life purpose is anchored in the Creator, the ancestors, her Mother, and commUNITY—the four pillars that sustain and preserve her hope to believe and fight for a reimagined just world that lifts collective liberation of all oppressed people.
For over 10 years, she has worked with healthcare advocates and community leaders at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford to promote positive health and biopsychosocial outcomes for communities targeted by systems of oppression—impacted by incarceration, gentrification, poverty, houselessness, violence, substance use, mental health struggles, and lack of quality education and healthcare. She has consulted numerous researchers in implementing people-centered research from inception to dissemination.
As a child, Jacqueline uncovered her love for poetry and performing arts, and uses these platforms to speak truth to power while embracing a relentless spirit that fearlessly bathes in courage and vulnerability, which are needed to convey the full spectrum of human emotions—from love and loss, pain and triumph, and imagination and exploration. She has performed poetry alongside renown poets and musicians. For over five years, Jacqueline began acting professionally—acquiring lead and supporting roles in various feature and short films as well as commercial and print work. She has been recognized nationally in acclaimed film competitions and festivals—as she immerses herself to bring justice to each role and colors of a story—behind camera and on stage.
After receiving her degree in Psychology (cum laude) at the University of San Francisco, Jacqueline married her love of the arts with public health to develop healing-centered programs for oppressed youth and transitional age youth called, Royalty Rising: Telling Your Story & Embracing Your Power to Be Your Greatest Self, which employs expressive arts, critical resistance pedagogy, and community building to nurture sacred spaces for the youth to rise in their agency to do more than survive, but thrive in every aspect of life. Another program she built—addresses healing and coping mechanisms for recently incarcerated adults facing anger issues in Recondition Yo’ Mind to Preserve Yo’ Soul & Protect Yo’ Peace, which encompasses motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and expressive arts to identify, combat, and resolve triggers and conflict that lead to harmful behavior.
As a personification of advocacy and champion of cultural equity, Jacqueline recognizes the immense vitality of communities subjected to systemic oppression, and how the integration of the arts, spirituality, health, science, and community are powerful disrupters to pathways of harm. She has committed her life to be a beacon of educated hope, service, and positive social change—fighting for the dignity of oppressed communities, all living life, and Mama Earth.