Ramon Gardenhire is the vice president of Policy for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and oversees AFC's advocacy and policy work at the federal, state and local level.
His areas of focus include the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that new federal and state health care systems meet the needs of people living with and affected by HIV, Medicaid policy, state budget and appropriations, health care and HIV-related legislation and policy, and the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
Gardenhire previously served as AFC's Director of Government Relations from 2011 to 2013, working in Springfield to enact sound HIV/AIDS public policy, defend the rights of people with HIV, and advocate for increased services and prevention for people living with and vulnerable to HIV.
At the state level, Gardenhire is proudest of his efforts in leading a coalition that successfully expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income adults without children under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion makes approximately half a million Illinoisans newly eligible for health care coverage.
Gardenhire was also a leader in a coalition that helped enact comprehensive sexual health education for Illinois students.
Before coming to AFC, Gardenhire worked at the SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana, Federation for Community Schools, Young Democrats of America, National Democratic Committee, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, where he worked on state level political and legislative initiatives. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.
Gardenhire was born and raised in Albion, MI, and lives in Chicago.