The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors appointed Ana Maria Ruiz general manager at its regular public meeting June 14 in Los Altos.
Ruiz is the fourth general manager to lead the public agency, created by voters in 1972. She has been rising through the ranks of the organization for 20 years, earning the role of acting general manager after Steve Abbors retired in December.
“Ana Maria Ruiz is a trailblazer, and the right person to lead Midpen through this time of transition,” said Jed Cyr, board president. “Ana provides the stability and focus needed to ensure a balanced delivery of our mission. She has an incredible understanding of the organization, a keen analytical mind and passion for stewarding public open space and connecting diverse communities to nature.”
As general manager, Ruiz oversees the implementation of the organization’s mission and vision plan by more than 170 staff, including completing new public access facilities and land conservation projects to meet MROSD’s commitments under the 2014 voter-approved Measure AA.
Ruiz began her career with MROSD as a planning technician in 1998, working her way up to planning department manager in 2009 and becoming assistant general manager in 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University and a master’s in urban and regional planning from San Jose State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and recently completed the Santa Clara County Leadership Academy and California Local Governance Summer Institute at Stanford University.
Ruiz lives in Mountain View with her family.