Victor A. Ruiz is an Executive Director, Coach, Consultant, and active member of his community. As Executive Director of Esperanza, Inc., an organization founded in 1983 to advocate on behalf of and improve the academic achievements of Hispanics in Greater Cleveland, the organization has grown tremendously and has been a leader in addressing the educational needs of Cleveland’s Latinx community. The organization has received national and local recognition for its work, including being named the 2019 Midwest Affiliate of the Year by UniodsUS, a 2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and receiving the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Community Organization Award from the Cleveland Foundation.
Victor’s Coaching and Consulting practice focuses on working with individuals and organizations to help them recognize their power and potential and use it to benefit themselves and their community. His areas of expertise include organizational and leadership development, DEI, and working with boards of directors on organizational effectiveness and accountability.
Victor lives in Cleveland with his wife and three children. He a graduate of the Cleveland School System, has a bachelor’s degree in English from Baldwin Wallace College, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Cleveland State University. He is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC) through the CoachDiversity Institute. He serves on several boards including The Cuyahoga Community College and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Victor is also a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow, where he completed a 3-year fellowship focusing on racial equity and healing.