Chief Education Officer
Rudy Ruiz is the Chief Education Officer of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT). MBRT is a non-profit coalition of more than 50 leading Maryland employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education and improve student achievement in Maryland. Rudy reports to Executive Director Brian Dulay and is responsible for the organization’s external relations involving education, government, and foundation community partners. MBRT has been recognized nationally by the Business Roundtable, the National Alliance of Business, the Public Relations Society of America, and the U.S. Department of Education for its successful efforts to involve business as a full partner in comprehensive education reform, setting high standards, demanding accountability, and building a strong, collaborative base of support. MBRT has also won the respect and confidence of the education community as evidenced by awards from the Maryland’s elementary and secondary principals’ associations, the Maryland State Teachers Association, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Rudy served as the Executive Director of College and Career Readiness for Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) from 2014-2017, prior to being named Chief Education Officer at MBRT. In that role, he facilitated productive partnerships with college, university, workforce partners, public agencies, and non-profit organizations to strengthen City Schools students’ readiness for postsecondary success. His department was responsible for training and supporting the district’s school counselors, its highly touted career and technical education (CTE) program faculty and staff, as well as the system’s school schedulers. Research by the Baltimore Education Research Consortium at Johns Hopkins demonstrated his team’s effectiveness in increasing City Schools’ graduates’ access to college and career options, including substantial increases in scholarship earnings and 4-year college acceptance rates.
Prior to moving to Maryland in 2014, Rudy had served the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) system in Wisconsin for 13 years. After 8 years as a high school mathematics and computer science teacher, Rudy accepted leadership roles at the school and central office levels that supported students at risk for not graduating, and increasingly, college access and success. Rudy facilitated significant partnership efforts in these roles, including directing a 7-year, $30 million federal GEAR UP grant. Services provided by partners recruited by Rudy and resulting in improved outcomes included academic tutoring, parental engagement, and ‘vertical’ collaboration among middle school, high school, and college faculty.
Rudy received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Stanford University, and used an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship to earn a master’s degree in education focused on instructional technology from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. In addition to having completed his administrative licensure at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rudy is working toward his Ed.D. in entrepreneurial leadership at Johns Hopkins University. Since moving to Maryland, he has resided in Ellicott City with his wife and three sons.