Ana M. Ma served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff of the Human Rights Campaign before becoming a partner at Nexxus Consulting. Ana Ma served as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Labor and before that, as chief of staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she "oversaw the expansion of the small business loan programs, entrepreneurship opportunities, and the broadening of small business international trade."
Ana "continues to serve as an informal counsel to Grijalva, as well as many members within the Arizona congressional delegation and across Capitol Hill. Ana grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated with a political science degree from the University of Arizona."
From her HRC biography:
As HRC's Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, Ana Ma is responsible for providing internal leadership and executing operational goals in partnership with HRC's senior leadership team. She works across the organization to ensure that priorities are integrated and executed throughout all departments.
Prior to joining HRC, Ma served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor, working on issues such as the Workforce Innovation Fund and the reintegration of veterans into the workplace. During the Clinton Administration, she served as a liaison to county and municipal officials across the country and worked in the Office of Employment and Training Administration.
Prior to her appointment at the U.S. Department of Labor, Ma was Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009-2011 and served as Senior Counsel and Chief of Staff to Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) for three terms. She began her work for him after spearheading his first Congressional campaign in 2002 and helping him win an open seat in Pima County with forty percent of the vote.
Ms. Ma grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona, receiving a degree in Political Science. She has been involved in grassroots organizing for over twenty-five years, and has participated in the electoral process at all levels – from the school board to the last six presidential campaigns.
A resident of Washington, D.C., Ma is engaged to her partner and they plan to get married soon. Ma identifies as both a Latina and Asian-American.
Human Rights Campaign
During her tenure, Ana Ma guided the Human Rights Campaign through "the groundbreaking 2015 Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a national right, and critical updates to the Military Equal Opportunity policy to ensure parity to gay and lesbian service members."