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Cristal Ruiz - December 2011

Cristal Ruiz - December 2011 Fellow of the Month
Cristal Ruiz
AARP Public Policy Fellow

Hometown: Stockton, CA
School: University of California, San Diego
Degree: B.A., Political Science
Placement: The Office of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Born in San Jose and raised in Stockton, California, Cristal Ruiz is a first-generation Mexican American and one of five children raised by a single parent. She is also a first-generation college student and would like to continue her education by studying Law.

While studying at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Cristal joined her student council as Freshman Representative for Revelle College and maintained a high level of involvement with her community. She also worked as a Student Involvement Leadership Consultant for two years and then became Resident Advisor for the last two years of her college career.   

Cristal applied to the AmeriCorps program called Justice Corps and volunteered her time at the Superior Court of San Diego to self-represented litigants that needed assistance with restraining orders, name changes, and evictions.  The program expanded in 2010-11 and Cristal became the first-ever, full-time Justice Corps Member at the San Diego Superior Court.  After graduating from UCSD, Cristal maintained full-time employment and also became involved in her local government by becoming volunteer coordinator for a Mayoral Candidate in National City, CA, for the 2010 elections.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Cristal hopes to further her knowledge of government on the national level, create quality relationships with other young professionals, and make this life-changing experience one that she can share with her community.

Past Fellow of the Month

Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007