Ruben’s experience as an immigrant has given him a deep understanding of the barriers of vulnerable populations. Ruben has been fortunate to have mentors and coaches that have provided guidance and support over the years.  

Ruben’s passion for community development has led him to various roles in public service in local government, affordable housing, and nonprofit organizations

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 spending time with his wife Evelyn, creating music, exploring nature, and playing board games with friends and family.