Dr. Regina Ruiz
Chief Development Officer
Contact Regina: [email protected] 805-683-6383
Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership, University of Southern California
Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism, Syracuse University
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communications with a Minor in Spanish, Cum Laude Honors, University of New Mexico
Spanish Certification, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
Board Member, TV Santa Barbara
Regina Ruiz joined St. Vincent’s in 2019, as the Vice President of Development and Marketing. Regina’s unique background brings a broad set of talents to St. Vincent’s. In her role, Regina will use her extensive leadership experience from both the private and non-profit sector to craft a targeted development, marketing, and communication strategy for all St. Vincent’s programs.
Regina’s doctoral dissertation titled: A Strategy to Thrive During a Crisis for Nonprofit Organizations is published in the USC Library. The qualitative research included interviews with the top nonprofit leaders in Santa Barbara. The study is a basis for promoting improved services and policies in nonprofit crisis response efforts.
As an accomplished broadcast journalist, Regina has anchored and reported at top-market television stations across the country for more than a decade including: New York, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara and most recently for NBC in San Diego. She has also worked at ESPN writing sports highlights and at the Olympics in Greece with NBC Sports.
In addition, she earned her Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the top communications’ college in the country, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Regina also studied Spanish at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. As a skilled communicator, Regina has further shared her enthusiasm for journalism as an Instructor at Santa Barbara City College.
Combining her passion for serving and ministry, Regina founded a PR and Marketing company called Joyful Media with a focus on inspirational news.
When not sharing the vision, mission and values of St. Vincent’s with the rest of our community, you will likely find Regina nurturing the Catholic faith in her three children at adoration, mass or reading about the saints. As a single mother, Regina focuses her life on raising God-loving children.