Shirley Ramirez first worked with Public Matters as a student at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy in 2010 as part of Proyecto MercadoFRESCO. She continued with the project as a Community Liaison while studying at East Los Angeles Community College, before transferring to the University of California, Riverside. Shirley graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. As an Urban Futures Lab Fellow with Public Matters, Shirley is exploring how her interest in policy can connect to real world projects. Through Urban Futures Lab, Shirley works on projects that explore the intersection of art, urban planning, design, and transportation safety.