Ruth Pérez worked in all the perfect jobs for a career as a public official – though she never planned it that way. She majored in Communications in college and landed a prestigious job as a TV reporter for the largest Spanish-speaking network in the world: Televisa.
As a journalist, she founded three magazines which dealt with the culture, issues and events which were captivating the public’s interest. Ruth moved to Seattle in 1997 to finish her Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Before graduation, however, she became involved in Washington’s dynamic economic development potential. In 1998, Ruth became the cultural liaison for Governor Gary Locke’s Department of Trade and Economic Development helping the Governor plan his first trade mission to Mexico. Governor Locke was accompanied by over 100 key business and education leaders from throughout the State, and it was Ruth’s job to arrange press conferences, interviews, and press coverage as well as provide support and advice to the Washington delegation and Governor Locke.
During this mission, two things happened that would change Ruth’s life forever: she met the man who would become her husband years later – and she met the Consul of Mexico in Seattle, who offered her a position in the Consulate of Mexico, a post she held for 10 years.
During her tenure at the Consulate’s office, Ruth traveled all over Washington state bringing educational programs to diverse school districts and developing strategic plans to reduce the educational achievement gap among Spanish speaking students. She also implemented the first educational programs offered to the Spanish-speaking population at the Federal Detention Center. This program provided inmates with an opportunity to spend their leisure time in focused, constructive activities.
Ruth resigned from the Consulate’s office in 2007, when her husband (former Boeing executive Al Ralston) and she decided to open their own consulting business in Renton.
She was appointed Renton City Councilmember in 2014 and she has been re-elected twice.
Ruth is the only Renton City Councilmember to have received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). AWC recognizes mayors and councilmembers for accomplishing training in four core areas and for stepping beyond their current role as an elected official enhancing their professional development through additional community service. These trainings have provided her with the knowledge needed to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships.
On your behalf, she has engaged with the Association of Washington Cities and several regional boards and committees to increase the presence of Renton regionally as well as nationally with the National League of Cities. She has participated in key project funding discussions with our national Congressional Delegation as well as testifying before the state legislature. Additionally, she has supported a number of new initiatives and ordinances to maintain our parks, streets, trails, Senior Center, Community Centers, Farmer’s Market, Renton Museum, and more.
Ruth believes, “Renton is very diverse and a culturally rich place with distinct neighborhoods and even more distinct people that live here. Each area has its own needs and requirements to be all that they can be. I am ready to take on the responsibilities of the Mayor, with determination, values, integrity, and goodwill that have gotten me this far with a sense of fulfillment and joy.”