MROSD board selects Ruiz as acting general manager

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors recently appointed Ana Maria Ruiz as acting general manager.

Ruiz will assume the role once General Manager Steve Abbors retires Dec. 31, according to a press release issued by the Los Altos-based MROSD. The appointment came on a 6-1 closed-session vote Nov. 6 (Director Cecily Harris dissented) but was not announced publicly until Nov. 15. The recruitment process for the general manager position is scheduled to begin in January, the release stated.

Ruiz has been with MROSD for 19 years and currently serves as assistant general manager overseeing visitor and facilities services. She previously served as planning manager (2009-2012). She brings extensive knowledge of MROSD and its preserves – including the recently opened Mount Umunhum and soon-to-open La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.

“I look forward to furthering Midpen’s commitment to preserving open space, restoring our important natural resources and providing the public with new opportunities to connect with nature,” Ruiz said. “I am very pleased to help lead such a well-qualified, dedicated and talented staff during this transition.”

The board of directors noted Ruiz’s ability to ensure the continuity of MRSOD’s projects, programs and services.

“We are fortunate to have someone as capable as Ana to step into the general manager’s role,” board President Larry Hassett said. “She is a proven leader with a wealth of experience and will build upon Midpen’s outstanding services and strong community support for preserving open space.”

Ruiz earned a bachelor’s degree in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University, a master’s in urban planning from San Jose State University and recently completed Stanford’s Local Governance Summer Institute program.

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