Nilda I. Ruiz
President and CEO, Asociacion Puertorriquenos En Marcha, Inc (APM)
Nilda Iris Ruiz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM) since 2005. As a successor to APM’s founder, she has been involved with the agency as staff and/or funder for over 25 years. Ruiz is known for her progressive stands on neighborhood revitalization, leadership development, self-empowerment, passion for children’s protective services and her embrace of ‘green’ projects.
Nilda sits on the national board of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), is a board member of the UAC, is on the Temple University Economic Opportunities Advisory Committee, and on the PNC Advisory Committee. She is a key community innovator in Philadelphia, respected for her multicultural leadership, nurturing and protecting children, and education advocacy. Served as an executive member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza [NCLR], Ruiz is a leader in the Hispanic community. Now serves on the Raza Development Fund New Market Tax Credits Advisory Committee. served as a mayoral appointee Commissioner on the Philadelphia Planning Commission, and now was appointed by Mayor Kenny to the Vision Zero Task Force.
Under Nilda’s leadership, APM has become a premier non-profit locally and nationally, has groomed leadership from within the community, and has helped thousands of Philadelphia Latinos and residents lead better lives. Nilda and APM have gotten many awards including most recently the AIA award for excellence in building, among many more for being the first in the Country to achieve Platinum LEED ND building status, in 2014 Hispanic Choice Award for advocacy, Impacto’s Most Influential Latina in the Delaware Valley for 11 consecutive years, Philadelphia Business Magazine Women of Distinction, Girls Inc., Strong, Bold, and Courageous Award, Hispanic Business Magazine top 25 nonprofits in the country for 3 consecutive years, among many others.
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