Board of Directors – Rhodesia Ransom


Vice Chair

Julie M. Waters is the Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer of Alameda Health Consortium. In this role, she advocates for health policies, new initiatives and funding to increase healthcare access and direct service to low-income, uninsured residents of Alameda County.

Ms. Waters previously served as the State Political Director and lobbyist for the University of California’s service and healthcare workers union AFSCME 3299. As Director, Julie sponsored and lobbied state legislation to fight workplace discrimination, reform the criminal justice system and improve the quality of life of her members.

Additionally, she has served the Bay Area in legislative and community affairs roles at AC Transit, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Office of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Ms. Waters was born in Berkeley to an African American father and Mexican American mother and raised in Oakland. Her parents, both workers at U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence National Laboratory, instilled the value of hard work and service to her community at a very young age and those lessons have guided her lifelong commitment to public service.

She serves as an elected member and Vice-Chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (AD-15) and in 2019 was appointed to serve as Chair of the Organizing Committee of the California Democratic Party, where she leads statewide voter education on behalf of the party. She also supports future democratic leaders through her work on the Emerge California Board of Directors.

Ms. Waters is a proud graduate of San Diego State University, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Executive Education, Emerge California, Leadership East Bay and in her free-time volunteers in her local community as a member of the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.