Senior Vice President Anel Ruiz is a versatile communications strategist with extensive experience at the highest levels of city and county government as well as in nonprofit management.
Prior to joining CBL, Ruiz served as Press Secretary for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, leading communications strategy as the city faced crisis after crisis—including the longest teachers’ strike in decades, the COVID-19 pandemic, and protests and civil unrest.
Ruiz previously served as deputy chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, overseeing policy development and managing the County’s Bureau of Economic Development, Justice Advisory Council, Commission on Human Rights & Ethics, as well as the Commission on Women’s Issues. She also has served as the public affairs director for the Chicago Department of Public Health where she led teams that consistently produced innovative and award-winning marketing and digital campaigns.
In addition to her public service, Ruiz honed her operations and fundraising skills in the nonprofit sector at Free Spirit Media and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Ruiz received her undergraduate degree in political science from Augustana College. She is a 2014 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a 2016 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow.