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An interview with Board Member Yvette Ruiz

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15, and we are thrilled – this month and every month – to celebrate the work and passion of Hispanic leaders in our Greater Austin community.

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Yvette Ruiz, United Way for Greater Austin Board Member and Vice President of Community Engagement at JP Morgan Chase. Yvette is a champion for reimagining an Austin that is a great place for all people, and not just those with economic resources. 

Watch our interview with Yvette Ruiz to learn more about her passion and work to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. 

“When we talk about inclusivity, the value goes beyond just including people of color, it’s putting people of color and the BIPOC community in positions of power,” Ruiz said. “I don’t think it is a zero sum-game, that some people have to lose power so that others can gain power. I think specifically when we talk about inclusivity, we want to make sure that everyone’s voice matters, regardless of the color of their skin, how much money you make, or who you know.” 

Want to know more about Yvette Ruiz? 

How long have you lived in Austin?

I have lived in Austin for 16 years!

What is your favorite thing about Austin? 

I love Zilker Park and Barton Springs.

What is a fun fact about you that you wish everyone knew?

I am a master at grilling chicken on the grill. Never dry and chewy!

To learn even more, check out Yvette’s Board chair profile here. 

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