Bert Ruiz serves as Senior Consultant, overseeing executive search services, for DBD Group. With a 21-year career in the non-profit industry, currently, Bert manages leadership recruitment efforts, supporting non-profit organizations with executive search efforts throughout the country. He partners with boards, and senior staff, to fill CEO and C-Suite positions, the latter including roles that oversee operations, fundraising and diversity, equity and inclusion. He delivers resources for attracting and retaining top talent, evaluating and forecasting workforce needs, improves processes, and builds and shares best practices for recruitment and retention.
Formerly Bert served as Region Director, CEO Search with YMCA of the USA, the national resource center supporting over 800 local YMCA affiliates. He also served as Senior Manager of Chronic Disease Prevention Programs within the Healthy Living Department. Project activities included the development of a national strategy to promote adoption and implementation of approaches to address health disparities and healthy aging, with specific focus on primary chronic disease prevention and screening. In addition to serving at the national level, previous work includes years of operations experience serving as Executive Director with the YMCA of Greater Houston.
In addition to his work in executive search services and operations, Bert is experienced in diversity, equity and inclusion professional development initiatives. He served as a participant, as well as coach and mentor, for national multicultural development programs, and was certified as facilitator to deliver trainings to local affiliate staff. Bert also served on national employee resources group leadership committees.
Bert has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College and is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Bert and his wife, Wendy, have two adult children, and reside in Houston, Texas.
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