Eva Ruiz, a veteran bilingual teacher at Sunset Elementary in the Fresno Unified School District, is serving her first three-year term on the CTA Board, which expires June 25, 2021.
An educator for 23 years, Ruiz represents CTA members in Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Fresno and Madera counties. She has deep activist roots with the Fresno Teachers Association, where she was president for two years. She is a past FTA treasurer, negotiations team member, organizing committee activist and school site representative.
The daughter of farm workers, and the mother of four children, Ruiz is proud that her husband and family understand how committed she is to CTA.
“I care deeply about this organization, about our students, and about our educators. I care deeply that my family understands that quality education is important. This is what motivates me to do the work I do every day.”
Her CTA work includes serving on the union’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, chairing the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, and serving as a delegate on the CTA State Council of Education for seven years. For her dedication to union work, she received a CTA “We Honor Ours” (WHO) Award in 2017. Her national work includes serving for several years as a California delegate to the annual NEA Representative Assembly.
She is fluent in Spanish and a founding member of the California Latina Democrats of Fresno County group. Ruiz holds a bachelor’s in liberal arts from California State University, Fresno.
She lives in Fresno with her family.