Ruben’s experience as an immigrant has given him a deep understanding of barriers of vulnerable populations. Growing up in Los Angeles learning hard work and respect from his single mother, Ruben was fortunate to have mentors and coaches that provided guidance and support.  

Ruben’s passion for community development has led him to various roles in public service in local government, affordable housing, and nonprofit organizations. His passion for service led him to be elected to 2 terms to the Pasco City Council. 

He became involved with Communities In Schools because of his desire to build teams and partnerships that improve the quality of life of communities and students. 

Ruben holds a Master of Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning

Outside of work, Ruben enjoys creating music, exploring nature, and playing board games with friends and family.