Jose Altamirano works as the Program Assistant for the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance. He manages communications efforts, heads logistical support for all Baker Center programming, and serves as key point of contact for all Baker Center stakeholders.
Jose is a recent graduate of Georgetown, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government in May 2017. Jose has extensive internship experience, including spells at G2G Consulting, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the Democratic National Committee. Jose is devoted to helping the Baker Center grow and fulfill its mission of restoring trust in institutions.
In his spare time, Jose enjoys cooking, catching up on the news through Twitter, and listening to the best podcasts.
— Get to Know Jose Altamirano! —
What do you like to do when you’re away from the Hilltop? Do you have any hobbies?
Outside of work, I love to cook, read, watch movies and TV, and listen to my favorite podcasts.
Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I was born in Peru and came to the U.S. when I was five years old!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy working with some truly inspiring students with great ideas through the Baker Innovation Award.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
You can always ask people for advice on what decision to make – and that advice will usually be good! – but ultimately only you know what your gut says, and more often than not, you should trust your gut.
Books I highly recommend…
I truly enjoyed This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz. It’s a collection of short stories that give a glimpse into immigrant and Latinx life in America. I also recommend A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole, for being one of the funniest and most poignant books I’ve ever read. Moving on to non-fiction, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72 remains the seminal piece of political journalism and quite a fund read.
Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Gordon Ramsay, if only to figure out how he gets through an entire day screaming (and learn the secret to some of his best recipes).
What are you currently watching on Netflix?
I’m currently watching Nathan for You, a truly unique comedy, through the Comedy Central app.
What is your favorite quote?
“Rise, like lions after slumber, In unvanquishable number! Shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you: Ye are many—they are few!” – The Masque of Anarchy, Perce Bysshe Shelley.