SAN PEDRO, Calif. — May 10, 2011 — The Port of Los Angeles has named Cynthia Ruiz as its deputy executive director of external relations. Ms. Ruiz has served as president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works since 2003.

“Cynthia’s depth of experience in community relations and familiarity with the important issues of Los Angeles will be extremely valuable for the Port as we continue to strengthen relationships with Port constituents and stakeholders,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “Her city government experience and ‘go-to’ reputation for helping to make things happen in L.A. will be great assets to the Port.”

“I am honored and excited to join the Port of Los Angeles, which is a major economic engine for our city and the entire country,” said Ms. Ruiz. “As our nation’s leading gateway to international trade, the Port provides jobs while maintaining a high standard of environmental responsibility and a commitment to sustainability.”

In her new position, Ms. Ruiz will provide strategic external relations leadership and support to Port senior management and Harbor Commissioners regarding legislative policy, communications and regional economic opportunities that require Port and City collaboration.

As president of the Board of Public Works, Ms. Ruiz worked to ensure that the Department of Public Works delivered projects on time and on budget. The five-member board is the City of Los Angeles’ only full-time policymaking board, overseeing the activities of the City’s third-largest municipal agency, employing more than 5,000.  Ms. Ruiz also served on the City’s Emergency Operation Board and was the lead Commissioner for the City’s Bureau of Sanitation.

Ms. Ruiz is widely recognized for her community service and passion for improving the lives of those that call Los Angeles home. Her involvement in City initiatives ranges from chairing the City of Los Angeles Environmental Youth Conference from 2007-2009 to working as City Hall’s ambassador for promoting the L.A. fashion industry.  She has also served on LA-32 Neighborhood Council for three years.  In 2007, she founded Keep Los Angeles Beautiful (KLAB), a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.  She currently chairs KLAB and was the recipient of the Keep America Beautiful 2007 “Recognition Award” and 2008 “President’s Circle Award.” 

Prior to working for the City of Los Angeles, Ms. Ruiz worked as a rehabilitation counselor, and also as a mediator for the State of California Rehabilitation Bureau.  She is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.

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