Rudy Ruiz is an American author, advocate and social entrepreneur. The son and grandson of Mexican immigrants, Rudy Ruiz was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised along the US-Mexico border, living in Matamoros, Mexico for extensive periods of time. He did not speak English until he entered school at the age of five. Once in school, he excelled and dreamt of growing up to be a writer, an entrepreneur, and a contributor to the wellbeing of immigrants and minorities, as well as to positive relations between diverse cultures and nations. He went on to earn a BA in Government, specializing in International Relations, at Harvard College. He then earned a Masters in Public Policy specializing in International Trade & Finance at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ruiz was a social entrepreneur before the term had even been coined. In 1995, Ruiz co-founded the advocacy marketing agency Interlex. Together with his wife, Heather Ruiz, he forged a unique advertising and public relations firm devoted to helping clients make a positive impact on the lives of diverse audiences.
The agency has been consistently ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s most rapidly growing companies. Ad Age Magazine has also ranked Interlex on its list of Top Agency Brands. As CEO and Creative Director, Ruiz has led major campaigns on issues such as infant immunizations, the digital divide, smoking cessation and prevention, educational attainment gaps, breastfeeding, obesity prevention and reduction, community transformation, financial literacy, international human rights, and disaster relief. Ruiz has also led relationships with agency clients including: AARP, American Express, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Special Olympics, SafeLink Wireless, United Healthcare, and numerous local, state, and federal government agencies.