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Councilmember Ruth Pérez

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Serving since 2015
Current term expires 2021

Chair: Community Services Committee
Vice Chair: Finance Committee
Member: Transportation Committee

Ruth Pérez - Strong Communication Key to Success for Renton.

Ruth Pérez was first appointed in 2014 to fill a vacant seat. Now, after winning her second election, she will begin serving her first full term.  She has an extensive background in public service and is a progressive leader in the Latino community in Renton. Councilmember Pérez has a BA in Communication Science and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.  She began her career as a television reporter and later was the editor-in-chief and founder of three magazines. She worked for the Washington State Department for Trade and Economic Development during former Governor Locke's first trade mission to Mexico in 1999.  During this mission, she met the Consul of Mexico in Seattle and was offered a position at the Mexican Consulate. This is where she spent the next decade.

In 2007 Ruth moved to Renton because of its unique location and diverse and cultural richness. She believes the city will evolve and change considerably by 2031 and we must think outside the box if we are to succeed individually and collectively. Councilmember Pérez is described as knowledgeable, ethical, hard-working, honest and caring by her friends, colleagues and neighbors. She believes that her career as a businesswoman and a foreign diplomat, combined with her civic advocacy, volunteerism, education and love of culture and sports has and will enable her to make a difference in her community. 

Ruth has volunteered for several organizations such as the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac, the International Bilingual Nurses Alliance and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

She is also the recipient of several recognitions and awards; the US-Mexico Binational Migrant Education Program for Outstanding Service, the National Institute for Adult Literacy Achievement Award, the Partnership Award from The Carlson Leadership and Public Service Program at the University of Washington, 2016 Woman of the Year and the 2016 Women & Accomplishments that Broke the Glass Ceiling Awards from the Center for Women & Democracy.

Councilmember Pérez stays busy educating herself and serving Renton.  In 2016, she attended the following conferences:  Women on the Rise Leadership Conference; Nordstrom Latina Summit; Association of Washington Cities Annual and Legislative Conferences; Annual Economic Forecast Conference and the Eastside Rail Corridor Summit.  Regionally she serves as a representative on the South County Area Transportation Board, Eastside Transportation Partnership, Renton Airport Advisory Committee and the Renton Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Ruth and her husband, Al, live in the Snake Hill Neighborhood of Renton with their two cockapoos, Frida and Pablo, and is excited to give back to the community that has given so much to her. 


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