BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Maria Ruiz

Board Member

Maria Ruiz is originally from Guerrero, Mexico. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM for its acronym in Spanish), with a pre-specialization in Politics and Diplomacy. She also has some postgraduate courses focused on strategic aspects of the United States, Canada, and Mexico’s relationship; as well as on sustainable development, from the Center for Research on North America (CISAN for its acronym in Spanish) and the Anahuac University in Mexico, respectively. She was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship granted annually by the Children Forward Foundation (Fundación Niños Adelante). 

 

Maria is currently in charge of the Community Affairs Department at the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work is mainly focused on the implementation of diverse programs, especially in the health, educational and financial field; all of them addressed to aid the integration and empowerment of the Mexican and Hispanic communities in Utah. Therefore, she works alongside many entities, such as non-profit organizations, educational institutions, offices of local authorities, and the community, to ensure that the minorities have access to resources and create opportunities for their plenty development and become an asset for their society. 

 

Maria has vast expertise on the needs and barriers that immigrant communities face day by day. After she arrived in Utah in January 2018, she had the opportunity to collaborate at the protection department, assisting people to locate missing relatives, repatriate minors and vulnerable persons, counseling about civil affairs and Immigration reliefs for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes; repatriation of mortal remains, humanitarian parole, family reunification of minors, among others. At the age of 17, Maria started her labor in the migrants’ rights field, collaborating with the Migration’s National Institute of Mexico. As a college student, she joined the team of the Institute for the Mexicans Abroad (IME for its acronym in Spanish), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she spent the first two and half years after graduating. 

 

Maria enjoys spending time with the family, riding horses, writing, and doing outdoor activities.